The manager Bettina Ganghofer will most likely remain the managing director of Salzburg Airport. According to insiders, this was the result of a hearing with the other applicants. Now the state government and the Salzburg city senate as the owner’s representative of the airport have to approve. This is considered a formality.
The near future should not be easy for the airport manager either. The CoV crisis has messed up the company’s finances. Ganghofer has been in the executive suite since October 2017. And it should stay that way for another five years.
Politicians with hymns of praise
In the hearing on Monday, she was clearly the best candidate, say the airport supervisory board. LHstv sits for the state government. Christian Stöckl (ÖVP) as chairman of the committee: “Today I received the report from the hearing committee. And Bettina Ganghofer did by far the best. “
SPÖ Deputy Mayor Auinger is a member of the Hearing Commission and the Supervisory Board: “She has prepared very well and made a very good impression. She has experienced many crises in the past two years – Air Berlin bankrupt, then runway renovation and the CoV crisis die. It is a good decision to rely on continuity in difficult times. “
From 1.7 million passengers to 300,000
Times for Salzburg Airport remain difficult. The passenger numbers collapsed Heuer – from 1.7 million passengers before the CoV crisis to less than 300,000 handled passengers Heuer. The prospects for the main winter season at Christmas, in January, February and March are very uncertain in view of the CoV policy.
The airport’s balance sheet is likely to be deep in the red today, as state finance officer Stöckl, the head of the supervisory board, describes: To do this, the airport has to take out a loan. It is very difficult to make a forecast for 2022. “
Short-time work remains for many employees
Large injections of money from the state and city of Salzburg – the owners – could be necessary again in 2022 and 2023. Short-time work is currently being extended again for the majority of the 350 employees. Actually, it should have expired at the start of the main winter season. Nothing will happen in view of the uncertain prospects. Bettina Ganghofer did not want to give an interview on Tuesday.