The employees at Klagenfurt Airport have been receiving their wages and salaries since the beginning of this week. This was obviously only possible after receipt of the capital increase, which was provided by the public sector. Lilihill lost majority ownership as a result.
Politicians have announced that the management will be dismissed and a new head of the company will be appointed as soon as possible. You are looking for an aviation expert. However, suitable managers shouldn't be queuing up, because interest in this airport has been limited in the past.
It was also announced that in view of the recent cuts made by Austrian Airlines on the Klagenfurt-Vienna route, negotiations are to be started with this company. The aim should be for the AUA to head for the state capital of Carinthia more frequently again. This should not be an easy task either, because Austrian Airlines has gradually reduced the route due to mixed demand. Deputy Governor Martin Gruber even claims that the airport management has not yet made an appointment with the AUA.
You also want to take a closer look at the contract that was concluded with Ryanair. So far it would have been a real secret under what conditions the Irish low-cost airline returned to Klagenfurt. He has already announced that he will stick to Klagenfurt, regardless of the disputes that Lilihill has with the public sector. A spokesman emphasizes, among other things, that you have a contract with the airport and not with Lilihill.
Pulling the call option at a meeting of the state government will soon be on the agenda. This time, the unanimous decision should only be a mere formality. In the future, the airport will be 80 percent owned by the state of Carinthia (via K-BV) and 20 percent by the city of Klagenfurt. Lilihill has already announced legal action.
Despite all the euphoria that some local politicians are currently spreading, it is extremely unlikely that the airport will quickly flourish after the change of ownership. Prior to privatization, Klagenfurt Airport had been languishing for years. The former managing director Gatterer even told the Kleine Zeitung that no airline can be won without grants or subsidies. One of the reasons for this would be the extremely small market area.