Airport CEO celebrates big anniversary : A major milestone for the head of the airport: On September 1, 2012 it will be 10 years to the day since Dr. Michael Kerkloh took over as the head of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company.
Since then he has served as FMG’s president and CEO while also filling the role of the company’s labor director. In addition, he acts as the chairman of the committee representing the shareholders of the Terminal 2 operating company.
Kerkloh’s leadership has led to several important milestones that have had a decisive impact on Munich Airport during the past 10 years: They include the timely completion and launch of Terminal 2, which can handle up to 25 million passengers per year. The new terminal opened in the summer of 2003, and is jointly operated by FMG and Lufthansa. This decisive infrastructure development enabled Munich Airport to become one of Europe’s most important air transportation hubs. Terminal 2 is now being expanded with the addition of a satellite terminal with an annual capacity of 11 million passengers. The satellite is scheduled to go into operation in 2015. Another major FMG expansion project driven forward under Michael Kerkloh’s leadership is the planning of a third runway for Munich Airport, which has been in the works since 2005.
The Kerkloh years have been an extremely successful time for Munich Airport: annual passenger traffic has increased from 23 million in 2002 to 38 million in 2011. Earnings after taxes (EAT), initially negative, were boosted to nearly €200 million in 2011. This was achieved through two earnings growth programs as well as an approximately 60 percent increase in sales. In the World Airport Awards, based on an annual survey of millions of airline passengers conducted by the renowned London-based aviation consultancy Skytrax, Munich Airport has been selected Europe’s number one airport six times, and has twice earned the number two ranking.
Michael Kerkloh was born in Ahlen, in the Westphalia region in the west of Germany, in 1953, and attended university in Göttingen, London and Frankfurt. He completed a degree in economics in 1979 and until 1985 held a lectureship in economic policy at the University of Frankfurt, where he also completed a doctorate in political science. Before beginning his career in the aviation industry with Frankfurt Airport in 1987, Kerkloh spent one year as an assistant to the management at the Norman Rentrop Verlag, a publishing house in Bonn, Germany. In 1995 Dr. Michael Kerkloh was appointed to the management team of Hamburg Airport. He joined Munich Airport in 2002.
Since July 2009 Kerkloh has served as the president of the Export-Club Bayern e.V., which promotes the interests of the Bavarian economy. In addition, he has been a member of the governing board of ACI World, an umbrella organization representing the world’s airports. In November 2010 he was elected deputy chairman of the German Airports Association (ADV). Since 2011 he has been a member of the executive committee of BDL, the German Aviation Industry Association. Kerkloh is also a member of BDI, the leading organization of German industry and industry-related services, and of the Transportation Committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria. He acts as an expert advisor for the Transport and Logistics Association, and since December 2008 has been a member of the advisory council of the German National Tourist Board.
In the German and international aviation industry, Kerkloh is regarded as a respected expert and committed advocate of the entire industry. In the airport region where Kerkloh is at home, he is highly esteemed as a down-to-earth and reliable partner who is always open to discussion on the most diverse issues affecting the airport’s neighbors. Music fans also know the veteran airport head in a very different capacity: as a member of the ‘non-partisan’ band Next Generation, in which he performs alongside Munich city councilor Hep Monatzeder, Dieter Reiter, the head of the city of Munich’s economic affairs department, and Peter Hausmann, the editor-in-chief of the Bayernkurier weekly newspaper.