Tui restructures European airlines to combat increasing competition

Tui restructures European airlines to combat increasing competition

Tui has created a new organisational model for its airlines across Europe and changed various management functions.

In addition, Tui Group will further intensify the integration of its airlines in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Germany with the source market organisations.

Tui has five airlines in Europe in total.

Besides increasing efficiencies and the investment in fuel efficient next generation Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, passengers will benefit from initiatives like a group wide on-board streaming service for the latest entertainment content or a joint approach towards spare airplane capacity management which will reduce delays during flight schedule disruptions.

“Our airlines operate in an environment characterised by increasingly fierce competition with both traditional airlines and low-cost carriers making in-roads onto core leisure routes.

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“As a consequence of this competition there have been numerous airline washouts recently, which affects the availability of third-party capacity.

“This structural development underlines the importance of our in-house aviation capabilities, so that we can cover the core flight capacity requirements for our tour operators and also be able to build new destinations like Cape Verde and continue to develop existing destinations,” said Kenton Jarvis, chief executive of Tui Aviation.

Jarvis has restructured Tui Aviation to create greater integration and relies on a strong management team.

Marco Ciomperlik will become chief operations officer in charge of the four areas: engineering and maintenance, supplier management and procurement, in-flight services and aviation IT.

Jill Nye has been newly appointed as director in-flight services.

She will oversee in-flight services, product selection and logistics in close coordination with the source markets.

Geert Somers has been newly appointed as director engineering and maintenance in charge of all maintenance work for the airlines and for supplier management and procurement.

Isabelle Droll will be the responsible director for aviation IT.

Dawn Wilson will take over the northern region airlines as managing director from January.

She will directly report to Jarvis.

She has many years of experience at Tui in both aviation and operations and now heads the airlines in the UK and Scandinavia.

Oliver Lackmann will become the sole managing director of Tui fly Germany, also reporting to Kenton.

The managing directors will also have lead responsibilities in the aviation platform functions which go across all Tui Group airlines.

Wilson will be director airline operations, in charge of operations control areas across the group.

Lackmann will assume the group role of director flight operations including compliance and safety management.

Gunther Hofmann will continue to be in charge of ground operations across the group.

“Seamless interaction between operators and users of the group’s aviation services is essential for achieving an efficient airline network.

“All three airline managing directors are now integrated in the respective source market boards for northern, central and western regions.

“This will allow us to further improve collaboration and gain greater efficiencies from working together and ultimately increase customer satisfaction,” added Jarvis.