Welcome to November 2020’s installment of easycharter’s Airport of the Month!
Highlight of the month: Berlin’s new (well not very) Brandenburg Airport!
Nearly ten years late, and almost Euros 4 billion over budget, Berlin’s “unfortunate” Brandenburg Airport (IATA: BER, ICAO: EDDB) is finally open for commercial traffic. Amid a pandemic that is still crippling the entire aviation industry, it is surely not a great time to open a new airport. There is just too much “uncertainty” about when and how the industry will begin to heal…
Brandenburg Airport was Berlin’s long awaited dream, ever since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and German reunification in 1990. It was Berlin’s dream of becoming a first-rate transportation hub with connections to numerous long-haul international destination.
Brandenburg Airport was originally set to open in October 2011, nearly five years after starting construction. However, instead of making Berlin’s dream of becoming a new world center come true, the entire project turned out as a public display of “failure and inadequacy”, quite surprising for a country known for its efficiency.
A series of “unfortunate” setbacks, starting from failed privatization efforts, to corruption, poor management, poor construction, and poor execution, completely put off the opening date so many times and over so many years. Now, almost 10 years later, the airport has finally opened its doors to the public, after meticulous structural redevelopment efforts. Some even accuse the new airport of being already “outmoded”. Will it survive, though? The airport has already been granted Euros 300 million in state aid. Many airports across Europe risk going bust within a few months, with passenger traffic down by 73% year on year. It is hard to guess whether this opening will be the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end for Berlin’s long awaited airport!
For a more detailed history of Brandenburg Airport, please click on the link here!
Brandenburg Airport officially began public operations on October 31, 2020.
It is located on a 1’470 hectare piece of land in the Schönefeld region southeast of Berlin.
Brandenburg Airport has capacity for over 40 million passengers over its Terminals 1 and 5, and its upcoming terminal 2. However, it will currently operate at much reduced capacity, thanks to coronavirus.
It serves as a focus city for EasyJet, Ryanair and Eurowings.
Brandenburg Airport has two parallel runways with a spacing of 1’900 m. The northern asphalt runway 07L/25R is 3’600 m long. It has been in use since the 1960s, and has been renovated and lengthened to meet the needs of the new airport. The new southern concrete runway 07R/25L is 4’000 m long. It was officially commissioned in 2012.
At 72 m, the airport’s control tower is the third highest in Germany.
Between the two runways sits the centrally located U-shaped main Terminal 1 building, creating some sort of midfield airport above the underground train station. Terminal 1 has 10 check-in islands, and total of 118 counters. It offers 36 security checkpoints and 5 more for transfer passengers. Terminal 1 also has a wide range of shopping and dining facilities.
Next to Terminal 1, Terminal 2 is currently being constructed. Terminal 2 will remain closed as its capacity is not needed for the foreseeable future.
Terminal 5 is located to the northern side of the airport. It also features several shopping and dining facilities. Transport between Terminal 1 or 2 and Terminal 5 is established through shuttle buses, taxis, and S-Bahn train lines. Terminal 5 will remain operational until the inauguration of the planned Terminal 3 by 2030.
All terminals are accessible by car or public transport.
For more information on the airport’s opening timetable, please click here!
That’s all for this month, peeps…
Until next week…