Foundation Stone Laid for Terminal D14.07.2005
The new terminal provides the capacity for further growth. The number of passengers at Schönefeld grew by approx. 75% during the first half of this year. Almost 2.2 million passengers have already arrived at or departed from Schönefeld this year. The airport authority expects about 4.7 million passengers to use Schönefeld during 2005.
“Terminal D is our way of providing a rapid and flexible response to strong demand at Schönefeld,” says Thomas Weyer, the Berlin Airports BBI Engineering Manager. “The airport is very attractive to people and by the end of the year we will be able to offer our customers much more service.”
The new Terminal D is being built west of Terminal C. The most important building materials for the single storey building are steel, concrete and glass. Landside Terminal D will be accessible via a covered footpath. The new terminal will provide 9,000 m² of space, of which 1,800 m² will be set aside for retail businesses and catering facilities.
Terminal D will have five departure gates for Schengen flights. A transfer bridge has been planned for non-Schengen flights to link Terminal D with Terminals A and C. No additional aircraft stands have been planned airside. Arriving passengers will be taken to the new Terminal D by bus. The large baggage reclaim hall with its three baggage conveyor belts has been designed for Schengen and non-Schengen passengers. There will be 18 check-in desks and five security control lines. The Max Bögl company will carry out the building work for the airport authority.
The Berlin Airports are continually improving quality at Schönefeld so as to be equipped to handle the strong growth in passenger traffic. The new 3a pier with its additional departure and arrival gates opened in March. The path from the railway station to the terminal has been covered. A large LED information and advertising screen in front of the terminals was erected in May to show passengers how to get about. Terminal D is another essential measure to help handle the dramatic growth in passenger numbers at Schönefeld before BBI opens.