Hamburg Airport received the name affix “Helmut Schmidt” Thursday (November 10) – on the first anniversary of the former chancellor’s death. The airport celebrated the milestone during 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. Scholz said: “It is a great pleasure to see the signature ‘Helmut Schmidt’ on our airport. Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt rekindles not only memories of a statesman and world citizen, but also a very attentive friend of our city.”
Statesman, airport neighbour and citizen of Hamburg
Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, stressed: “Helmut Schmidt had a very special connection to Hamburg Airport – both as Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board and as our neighbour from Langhorn.” A permanent exhibition in the gallery of Terminal 2 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, also opened Thursday. The four parts called “The Statesman”,“The Neighbour of the Airport” “Citizen of Hamburg” and “Aviation” are complemented by photographs and texts.
Close connection to aviation in Hamburg
During the past 65 years, Helmut Schmidt, like no other, has helped shaped the airport in his home city. 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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