Record Figures for 200503.04.2006
“We are aiming for the 18 million mark in terms of passenger numbers this year. Berlin is one of the airports in Europe with the strongest growth dynamics. Thanks to the boom in low-cost airlines, Schönefeld Airport, which is still making a loss, will make a profit by the end of 2007,” Dieter Johannsen-Roth, the airport boss, reported at the annual press conference in Berlin.
2005 was the most successful year yet in the history of Berlin Airports. In the light of a rise in traffic services and therefore higher fees and good results from the retail business, turnover rose from € 185.5 million in 2004 to € 209.7 million. That is an increase of about 15 percent.
The growth in turnover had a positive effect on the EBITDA. The results before interest, taxes and depreciation topped € 48.1 million in the 2005 business year – € 4 million more than had been originally planned. And when compared with the previous year, it represents a rise of some 25 percent. The growth in pretax annual profits was particularly encouraging: they rose to € 28.7 million, an increase of 109 percent over the previous year.
Berlin Airports invested a total of € 111.5 million in 2005. The main focus of investments was € 69.5 million spent on the expansion of Schönefeld Airport to turn it into the capital’s BBI Airport. Further investments totalling € 41.5 million were made at Schönefeld and Tegel Airports to improve the infrastructure and customer services, including € 12 million on the new Terminal D at Schönefeld. A further € 7.4 million was invested at Tegel on additional parking stands, apron facilities and reinforcement measures in Terminal A1.
The number of staff working at Berlin Airports, 1,501 employees, remained almost the same as in the previous year. The number of people working on the BBI project team was in-creased. The employee productivity in 2005 was 85.95 members of staff for each million passengers carried. The company had 82 trainees on 31st December 2005, 12 of them studying at a vocational college, 22 training as technical apprentices, 30 involved in commer-cial training and 18 in trades. Trainees at Berlin Airports made up 5.5 percent of the workforce in 2005.