Dr. Schwarz has many years’ experience in the field of airport management. The economist, who holds a PhD, has been working in the aviation sector since 1988, including periods in Munich and Nuremberg. He switched to become a manager at Düsseldorf International Airport in August 2001 before he took over as CEO there in January 2002. Dieter Johannsen-Roth will continue to run the business until his successor takes over. Johannsen-Roth has been CEO at Berlin Airports since 1st January 2004. Klaus Wowereit paid tribute to the extraordinarily successful work performed by Dieter Johannsen-Roth. “Under Dieter Johannsen-Roth’s leadership, Berlin Airports has managed to move forward in a new direction and has become the fastest growing airport system in Germany. Thanks to an out-standing team motivated by him, passenger num-bers have risen by almost 40 percent in a short time and Berlin has become the leading low-cost centre in Europe. The improved connections to and from Berlin have led to a significant increase in tourist numbers. At the same time, a foundation has been laid for intercontinental connections, which the business world has been seeking for a long time.” Johannsen-Roth is leaving is because he has exceeded the statutory age for managing directors for two years now. The supervisory board thanked Johannsen-Roth for his outstanding work, his tireless commitment and his enormous success. He wished the new airport boss great success in his new job, particularly in view of the city’s new airport, Berlin Brandenburg International or BBI.