Lands At Rostock Airport
– a civilian airport closely safeguarded by the German Air Force
or for the uninitiated- Luftwaffe, next door, has to date been kind of
hidden in all the rip and roar of newly developed gateways in Berlin and
other points east in Germany.
But recently two things have happened to make
RLG or ETNL a lot better known and further recognized for great geographical
position and ultra low costs as compared to others.
Air Force One landed here earlier this year during
the Big Eight Summit in Heiligendamm – and Maria A. Muller has taken
the driver’s seat as the first ever lady in the Position of Managing
Director of an airport in Germany.
Mrs. Muller who is also a pilot – was awarded
“Woman of the Year in FlyingTypers for 2006 as a result of her outstanding
contribution as director of marketing at Frankfurt Hahn.
With her credentials and cache garnered over some
years at both Frankfurt and building up business for the Hahn she probably
could have sat tight and continued along with a familiar and highly public
But Maria is not about rolling over when challenged.
She is both a soft touch for helping the industry
she loves and her friends and also a tough and determined competitor.
when the opportunity to make some kind of history landed one day a few
months ago on her desk, she accepted it because she feels it is a unique
challenge to turn a sleepy, but well-equipped airport into a “loud
and busy one.”
The slogan she created “Let’s Get
Loud in Meck-Pomm” is typical for her.
Down to earth, customer-oriented and believing
in “making visits to get results,” are just some of the attributes
of this remarkable woman.
“Meck-Pomm,” for those keeping score
of these things is simply a handy abbreviation of the name of the German
State in which the airport resides in a part of Germany, folks fondly
have nicknamed “the summer bathing tub” of the country.
Maria brings both attention and a wealth of hands
on knowledge to this well-equipped underutilized gateway with endless
runways and plenty of room to build and grow just near Berlin.
Maria knows the global cargo charter market –
and knows the right people. Few airport executives of either persuasion
can match her inside knowledge of the low cost segment i.e. Ryanair or
Mrs. Muller’s creative flair. As you read
this, bet is that Maria, presentation in hand is out on the road to tomorrow
somewhere touting a passenger terminal with ample space for airplanes
and crowds – and a 2000 m _ cargo warehouse awaiting boxes, pallets,
crates, and containers and action galore.
“We have just begun,” Maria says.
“In an age where costs and service are major
drivers, Rostock-Laage is ready to deliver in every way.
“That’s something to get loud about!”