"It is insane, we have basically created thousands of jobs from nothing, yet we still have to pay almost 40% of our profits", the CEO of Preussen Airlines commented at a press conference the day after meeting with officials of Nordrhein-Westfalen and representatives from the Bundestag. "Look at Münster-Osnabrück Airport (FMO), it was a desolate airfield serving a few planes a day, but this year more than two million people will pass through Münster-Osnabrück. Look at our other base airports - right now we are expanding our latest base in Lübeck-Blankensee, again creating hundreds to thousands of jobs from scratch. And the reward for this? Heavy taxation that hampers our growth!"
Last year, Preussen Airlines paid almost 30 million USD in corporate income tax, an amount that already has been surpassed this year. The airline was quick to say that it does not object to paying taxes per se and that it more than gladly pays all the labour taxes for their employees, as well as additional benefits such as free access to swimming pools and gyms. Preussen Airlines also sponsor several youth football teams and a football academy in their home city, Münster. The airline is looking for a reduced corporate income tax in order to facilitate faster growth.
"We are investing in people, in our community. We are creating jobs from scratch. We are giving people the freedom to travel the world and after joining EarthConnection during last year, our customers can now reach the entire world with only one connecting flight, booked directly at their friendly local travel agent. We are creating something fantastic and we are more than happy to give, but we do feel that we do not receive anything in return. We are not greedy, but we do want a chance to grow and to be the best that we can be", the CEO ended his emotional speech.
Preussen Airlines is headquartered in Münster-Osnabrück Airport with hubs at Bremen, Lübeck-Blankensee and Paderborn-Lippstadt. Preussen Airlines currently operates 76 aircraft, employs more than 4000 employees and serves 82 different airports, offering daily connections to a multitude of destinations in Germany, Europe and Turkey.