The German aviation industry has high expectations for 2016 – particularly when it comes to its political players.
This year, the German government will finally unveil a new aviation strategy, one that it promised in 2013. It is based on a market and competitive analysis, and is hotly anticipated by the industry. The hope is that Germany’s regional and federal governments will become more friend than foe to the country’s struggling airline industry.
“This means that decisions can now be reached quickly. And that should happen by the summer of 2016,” Klaus-Peter Siegloch, president of the German Aviation Association, the BDL, told Handelsblatt.
The enterprises involved in German aviation – including airlines, airports and service providers such as air traffic control – represent the 200 million passengers and goods worth €200 billion ($218 billion) that are transported every year in Germany. According to its own figures, the industry is responsible for more than 800,000 jobs.
But it also faces massive competitive pressure. Most worryingly, carriers in the Persian Gulf and Turkey are pressing into the German market. They include rapidly expanding airlines such as the state-backed airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, as well as Turkish Airlines.