An article by Frank Meßing, published in NRZ
The aviation industry is in a state of upheaval. At the end of the week, Air Berlin discontinues flight operations. After more than 60 years, the Mülheim-based aviation company WDL also withdraws from the aircraft business. As the family business announced on Wednesday, it has sold its subsidiary WDL Aviation with 95 employees and four jets to the Berlin logistics group Zeitfracht. On Tuesday, she had already been awarded the contract for the Düsseldorf Air Berlin subsidiary Leisure Cargo, including the approximately 60 employees.
“We have negotiated an employment guarantee for our 95 employees,” WDL Managing Director Frank Peylo told the newspaper. It had been important to the two shareholders Inge Bachmann and Barbara Majerus to hand over their aviation subsidiary to another family company.
WDL, which had stationed its aircraft at Cologne/Bonn Airport, had already left the cargo business several years ago and concentrated on passenger business. The aircraft and their crews flew on behalf of major airlines, including Air Berlin and British Airways.
With the takeover of WDL Aviation, Zeitfracht now wants to reunite passenger and freight aviation and “establish a European express network for small packages”, as Managing Director Wolfram Simon announced on Wednesday.
According to WDL, the airship operation at Essen-Mülheim Airport remains unaffected by the sale of Aviation. “The passenger and advertising partner business with the airship is currently booming,” said Managing Director Peylo. The company wants to stay in Mülheim.