The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) represents the interests of the national and international airlines operating to and from Germany. BARIG assumes an important contribution to the global competitiveness of the aviation location Germany through its political and commercial engagement. With over 100 member airlines, BARIG belongs to the worldwide biggest associations in commercial aviation.

Annually, BARIG member airlines transport around 1.7 billion passengers and about 25 million tons of cargo to over 1.500 destinations worldwide. Approximately 240 million passengers travel with them to and from Germany every year. With over 100.000 employees in Germany, the BARIG member airlines are important employers as well as a major economic factor and taxpayer.

Based on worldwide expertise and experience concerning aviation issues, BARIG is a very acknowledged and competent counterpart. Politics, media as well as enterprises and organizations of other transportation businesses—even beyond Germany and Europe—are in exchange with the German BAR. Furthermore, as the representative of airlines, BARIG has very close cooperation with airport operators, aviation authorities, air-traffic control as well as noise abatement commissions, border police, customs authorities or other viable institutions working with the aviation sector.

The BAR, which was founded in 1951, is today managed by a fulltime management office and assisted by an executive committee with advisory function as well as several committees for strategic, industrial, and political topics. The General Assembly/Full Board of all members forms the institutional body of BARIG.


The BARIG Team

Chairman and Executive Director

Michael Hoppe

Head of Airport Relations and Charges

Paul Schmidt

Executive Assistant

Katharina Seufert

Head of Legal Affairs

Tobias Höring

Head of PR, Communication & Marketing

Melanie Wedler

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