Mühlenfeld was appointed at the recent meeting of the Supervisory Board on 20 February and today introduced himself to the management of FBB before officially starting work at the airport. Mehdorn had held the top post at FBB since March 2013, and had announced his resignation in December 2014.

The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Rainer Bretschneider, commented: “I am looking forward to working with Karsten Mühlenfeld. Over the years I have come to know him as an outstanding manager with broad experience in the industry sector. He is the right person to lead the airport company securely into the future. I extend my thanks to Hartmut Mehdorn, who took over the airport two years ago when the project was stranded. He has laid crucial foundations and brought the airport back onto a clear course.”

Karsten Mühlenfeld said: “I am looking forward to the coming tasks. Many important changes have already been made. And the recent announcements by several airlines that they intend to increase their presence in Berlin shows how attractive the Berlin-Brandenburg region is. We need to get air transport in the region on a secure footing for the future. In the period before BER becomes operational we will make the necessary investments in Schönefeld und Tegel and we will concentrate on a rapid and smooth commissioning of BER together with its further growth.”

Hartmut Mehdorn said: “Over the last two years we have reorganized the airport company and put the major, problematic BER project back on its feet. In my two airport years I have got to know many motivated colleagues at Schönefeld, at Tegel and at BER. I wish them and my successor, Mr Mühlenfeld, the very best and much success for the future.”

Photo shows: Hartmut Mehdorn (left) is resigning from his post as CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. As of 16 March 2015 the new airport head will be Karsten Mühlenfeld (right). The Supervisory Board, currently chaired by Rainer Bretschneider (centre)