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Condor: Lufthansa manager Peter Gerber becomes the new boss


The holiday airline Condor brings in the experienced aviation manager Peter Gerber as its new boss. He is scheduled to start next year, but he has already resigned from his previous Lufthansa job.

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Peter Gerber: Worked for the Lufthansa Group for more than 30 years


Soeren Stache / dpa

The successor to the 65-year-old Condor boss Ralf Teckentrup has been determined.

In the future, the holiday airline will be managed by a previous manager of the larger rival Lufthansa.

Peter Gerber, currently head of the Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines, will take over the Condor chief post from Ralf Teckentrup on February 1, 2024, Condor announced in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt.

Lufthansa had announced shortly before that Gerber would be resigning from his post on Tuesday and leaving the group.

Teckentrup has managed Condor since 2004. After the then parent company Thomas Cook went bankrupt, he steered the holiday airline out of the crisis and again organized the rescue by the German state during the corona pandemic.

Number of passengers at German airports well below pre-crisis level

In the meantime, Condor has found a new owner in the British asset manager Attestor and is investing in the renewal of the aircraft fleet.

Teckentrup actually wanted to retire earlier.

Because of the search for a successor, he had extended his contract.

His successor Peter Gerber (born 1964) worked for the Lufthansa Group for more than 30 years.

Before Brussels Airlines, the lawyer had managed the freight division Lufthansa Cargo.

In Brussels, he was most recently the general representative for European affairs for the Lufthansa Group.

He was formerly President of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL).

Friedrich Andreae, Chairman of the Condor Supervisory Board, called Gerber a "leader who will continue to lead Condor successfully into the future".

However, he also referred to challenges at the airline, "for example, due to the modernization of the entire fleet, a large number of digitization projects and innovations for the customer experience".

The aviation industry is still in crisis after the corona burglaries.

The number of passengers at German airports more than doubled in 2022.

The approximately 155.2 million passengers are still 31.5 percent fewer than in 2019, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Wednesday.

Above all, domestic German air traffic grew below average with a passenger increase of 98 percent.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2023-02-01

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