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Michael Zach takes over as Head of Ground Services at Vienna Airport

Michael Zach takes over as Head of Ground Services at Vienna Airport

Michael Zach took over the management of ground handling services at Flughafen Wien AG on 1 January 2024 and is thus responsible for all cargo, baggage, and ramp handling as well as aircraft de-icing. Having worked at the airport since 2006, Michael Zach has been responsible for Sales, Finance and Cargo within the Handling Services division since 2018. He is now taking over responsibility for the entire handling department from Franz Spitzer, who is moving into semi-retirement after a career of almost 30 years at the airport.

Zach has been with Flughafen Wien AG since 2006 and has already achieved significant milestones for the company as Managing Director of the City Airport Train and most recently as Managing Director of Business and General Aviation and the VIP Terminal. In addition, Michael Zach has been responsible for Sales, Finance and Cargo in the Handling Services division since 2018. With his many years of management experience in various leadership roles, he has emerged as the ideal successor and now heads the largest division of Flughafen Wien AG with 1,400 employees. 

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He takes over the position from Franz Spitzer, who has been with Flughafen Wien AG since 1994 and has held various management positions, including Head of Security and Vienna International Airport Security (VIAS) as well as Head of Ground Service, where he has played a key role in the further development of the airport and contributed to its top international positioning and high handling quality. It is not least thanks to his achievements that Vienna Airport has developed into one of the most punctual and reliable hubs in Europe.

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“Michael Zach is the ideal choice for the position of Head of Ground Services – he will continue the airport’s successful course. At the same time, we would like to thank Franz Spitzer for his dedication and commitment to our airport, which he has played a key role in shaping for many years. We wish him all the best for this new chapter in his life,” said Julian Jäger and Günther Ofner, members of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. 

“Since 2018, I have been able to help develop ground handling at Vienna Airport together with Franz Spitzer. I am very pleased to now have the opportunity to assume overall responsibility for ground handling services at the airport and to continue the successful cooperation with my colleagues here,” said Michael Zach, Head of Ground Services at Flughafen Wien AG.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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