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Hamburg Airport honours Helmut Schmidt

Name of airport to be extended in coming weeks - lettering is first step

Hamburg Airport added lettering (8.65 m x 0.85 m) in honour of former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt to its logo on Monday (October 10th). The lettering is the first step towards extending the airport’s name to “Helmut Schmidt”. Hamburg Airport will honour the former honorary chairman of the supervisory board on November 10, 2016, which is the first anniversary of his death. A ceremony attended by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg and Dr. Susanne Schmidt-Kennedy, daughter of the former Honorary Citizen of the Free and Hanse City of Hamburg, and invited guests will be held to mark the change.

Exhibition on Schmidt’s life work

Over the coming weeks, Hamburg Airport is preparing for the change in several phases. Many huge welcoming signs with a portrait of Hamburg’s famous citizen will be mounted on the north and south accesses to the airport. Emblems will be visible at all entrances and exits and on all signs at the terminal. The airport lounge is already honouring its most prominent, former frequent flyer.

All visual elements will have been mounted by November 10, 2016. An exhibition in the airport, dedicated to Schmidt’s life work and his wife, Loki Schmidt, who died six years ago and was also an honorary citizen of the Free and Hanse City of Hamburg, will open on that day.

Foresight and skilled negotiator

During the past 65 years, Helmut Schmidt, like no other, has helped shaped the airport in his home city, Hamburg Airport announced Monday. As Head of Transport in the Hamburg Economic Authority, in 1952, Schmidt laid the political course for locating Lufthansa Technik at Hamburg Airport. His foresight and negotiating skills led to the success story of Hamburg Airport and Lufthansa. Schmidt noted the potential of aviation early and played a major role in Hamburg’s transformation into a global heavyweight in the sector.
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Sources and further information:
www.hamburg-airport.de

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