The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt – BER

Berlin Brandenburg Airport is a modern airport with all facilities within easy reach and a terminal located between two parallel runways. The capital region will be able to provide business travellers, tourists and companies with a new airport that offers the best connections, international flights, direct motorway access, and a railway station directly below the terminal.

Depending on passenger development, the airport can be expanded to accommodate up to 45 million passengers. This means that Berlin Brandenburg Airport will provide the German capital region with the capacity it needs for the coming decades.

Schedule leading up to the opening

BER Airport is set to open in the second half of 2017. The schedule table was drawn up by Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH in December 2014. The defined schedule table also ends the phase of preparatory work in which the airport company needed to solve such fundamental issues as the underdimensioned LAN network, incomplete documentation and the inconsistent room numbering system which had so far hindered a reliable milestone plan leading to the opening of the airport.

BER in brief

  • Midfield Airport: The terminal building is located between two parallel runways, which are 1,900 metres apart and can thus be operated separately. The terminal, gate stands and parking spaces are also located compactly between the runways. The majority of the ground noise thus remains inside the airport fence.
  • Expansion modules: Thanks to a modular concept, Berlin Brandenburg Airport can be expanded gradually to accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year.
  • The design of the new airport echoes traditional local architecture, embedding the new airport in the region’s cultural heritage. The structured façades and clear geometric forms of the terminal pick up on typical architectural elements, ranging from Prussian architect Schinkel to the Bauhaus style. The main approach – a tree-lined avenue – references characteristic features of the towns and countryside of Berlin and Brandenburg.
  • North runway: The current south runway of Schönefeld Airport has been extended from 3,000 to 3,600 metres and will become BER’s north runway. 
  • South runway: Berlin Brandenburg Airport has a totally new 4,000-metre-long and 60-metrewide runway.
  • Taxiways: A flexible taxiway system will ensure a high degree of efficiency at the new airport. 
  • The terminal will initially have 16 jetways on the main pier and a further nine on the south pier. Aircraft can be reached by walk-boarding from the north pier.
  • Berlin Brandenburg Airport has 85 aircraft parking stands. 
  • Parking: Around 10,000 parking spaces will be available for passengers and visitors.

BER transport connections

The train station: Berlin Brandenburg Airport has a six-track underground railway station with three platforms directly under the terminal. The goal of the planners: one in two travellers will come to the new airport using public transport.

Airport-Express: The Airport Express already connects Schönefeld Airport with downtown Berlin. In future, trains will run every 15 minutes between Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) and BER. The journey will take half an hour. Numerous S-Bahn trains (every 10 minutes) and bus connections complement the public transportation offers.

Regional and long-distance trains: Deutsche Bahn will include Berlin Brandenburg Airport in its route network and offer international and regional connections. Regional trains will run directly from BER to destinations in Brandenburg, and long-distance services will be operated to destinations such as Hamburg, Hanover, Amsterdam, Wrocław and Cracow. All rail tracks to and from the new airport will be capable of handling ICE trains.

Road connections: The new airport provides supreme accessibility for motorists: its own motorway exit to the A113 offers a fast and direct link to downtown Berlin and the Berlin motorway ring A10. The four-lane B96a dual carriageway, which runs parallel to the motorway, provides the airport with a second route to the city.

Terminal fact sheet

  • Architects
    • pg bbi: Planungsgemeinschaft Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg International consisting of: J. S. K. International Architekten und Ingenieure GmbH gmp Generalplanungsgesellschaft mbH (both based in Berlin)
  • Terminal facilities
    • Ten check-in areas with a total of 118 desks, plus increased use of check-in machines
    • 36 security screening lines
    • Baggage reclaim hall with eight baggage reclaim carousels
  • Terminal levels
    • Level U2 – railway, machinery, supply and disposal area
    • Level U1 – feeder level from the railway station to the terminal and Airport City
    • Level E0 – arrivals, incl. baggage reclaim and access road
    • Level E0Z – Intermediate level for separating passengers according to the Air Security Act
    • Level E1 – access road, departures, check-in, security checkpoints, retail, cafes/restaurants and waiting rooms
    • Level E2 – waiting rooms, lounges, offices
    • Level E3 – lounges
    • Level E4 – visitor terrace
  • General terminal planning
    • More than 140 planning offices from the areas of architecture, structural framework planning and building services engineering as well as other specialised planners were involved in working on the terminal.
  • Total area of terminal and piers
    • Gross floor space: 360,000 m²
    • Approach approx. 550 m long
  • Terminal
    • Length: 220 m
    • Width: 180 m
    • Height: 32 m
    • 33,000 m² of glass façades
    • 160,000 m³ of concrete
    • 30,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel
    • 9,000 tonnes of construction steel for steel structures
  • Main pier
    • Length: 715 m
    • 16 jetways
  • North pier
    • Length: 350 m
    • 12 walk-boarding stands
  • South pier
    • Length: 350 m
    • Nine jetways
  • Pavilions
    • Right and left of the terminal (north pavilion, south pavilion)
    • Space for additional security screening lines and check-in desks
    • Length: 93.75 m
    • Width: 37.50 m
    • Height: 10.37 m