Airberlin has appointed Oliver Lackmann as managing director of Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki, effective April 15. He succeeds Thomas Suritsch, who will leave the company for health reasons after one year in the position.

Lackmann recently served as chief flight operations officer and airberlin accountable manager. As a captain, Lackmann flies Airbus A320/A330s.

Airberlin CEO Stefan Pichler called Lackmann “an experienced aviation expert who will bring best practices from various airlines into the operations of NIKI and will drive the continued development and improvement of the company.”