Record year 2006: Berlin Airports on successful course

22.12.2006
New record high: 18 million passengers in Berlin / Successful business year - 2006
Undiminished growth of Berlin Airports continues: on December 22, Berlin Airports greeted its 18 millionth passenger in this year. Before take-off to New York/Newark, Berlin resident Nancy Lauer was presented with two flight tickets for the Continental Airlines route by Airport CEO Dr. Rainer Schwarz and Jens Grünberg, Sales Manager Germany of Continental Airlines. With a non-stop flight connection, the fifth largest airline in the world has been operating between the German capital and New York since July 1, 2005.

"2006 has been the most successful year in the history of Berlin Airports. We intend to continue our success in and beyond 2007 with a consistent business development strategy,“ says Airport CEO Dr. Rainer Schwarz commenting on the record results of Berlin Airports. "The strong upward trend in passenger numbers is an important step on the way to the forthcoming Airport BBI.“ Record year 2006: 18.6 million passengers.

Berlin Airports expects a record of approximately 18.6 million passengers in 2006. This is an increase of 1.4 million passengers over the previous year. During the last four years, Berlin Airports has recorded a continuous growth in passenger numbers: in 2003, 13.3 million passengers flew to and from Berlin; in 2006 it was 18.6 million. This corresponds to an increase of 40 percent. In the passenger count ranking of all 19 German airports, Berlin was able to consolidate its third place behind Frankfurt and Munich. Berlin's share in the market amounts to 10.5 percent. Schoenefeld, the airport that is undergoing the most dynamic development in Germany has increased its passenger volume within one year by a million to an estimated 6.09 million passengers. Tegel Airport with its estimated 11.9 million passengers continues to be the backbone in the Berlin traffic. Tempelhof passenger numbers are on the decline due to the relocation of the dba flights to Tegel. Approximately 650.000 passengers are expected for the total year.

Successful business year - 2006

Berlin Airports has been able to deliver a positive summary for the business year 2006. Against the background of increased traffic numbers and the higher traffic fees attached, as well as good results in the non- aviation business, sales revenues have increased from 198 million euro in 2005 to an estimated 220 million euro. This corresponds to a growth of approximately 10 percent compared to the previous year.

The sales growth had a favourable effect on the EBITDA. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation for the business year 2006 are expected to reach approximately 55 million euro, approximately 12 percent higher than in 2005.

Berlin Airports - well connected Berlin Airports offers first-rate traffic links to the capital city region Berlin-Brandenburg. In 2006, Berlin served a total of 150 destinations, 116 in Europe and 15 in Germany. The Berlin flight schedule includes long-haul routes to New York, Doha on the Persian Gulf, the Caribbean and Africa. Focus Eastern Europe and Asia Traditionally, Berlin Airports has directed its attention to Eastern Europe. The EU eastward enlargement has consolidated this trend. In 2006, Berlin Airports expect approximately 590.000 passengers destined for Eastern Europe. This corresponds to a market share of 9 percent, tendency increasing. The market growth of 19 percent in East European traffic between 2003 and 2006 marks an above average increase. Berlin Airports is market leader in traffic offered to the Baltic States and number two in the core markets Moscow and Budapest. Berlin Airports will acquire further connections to Eastern Europe in 2007. In the summer of 2007, 18 airlines with a total of 152 flights a week, will fly from Berlin to 21 airport destinations in Eastern Europe.

The flight connection between Doha and Berlin was launched in December 2005. In the meantime, demand on this route has increased so significantly that Qatar Airways has doubled its capacity. Instead of the A319ER airbus with 110 seats, Qatar has been serving this route with an Airbus A300-600 with 224 seats since October 2006.

Capital City Airport BBI becomes reality

The expansion of Schoenefeld Airport to become the capital city Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI is well on its way. Important milestones in 2006 were:
  • 03/16/2006: Federal Administrative Court gives BBI the go-ahead
  • 06/27/2006: Getting the BBI financing started with the bridge financing to the sum of 350 million euro
  • 09/05/2006: Ground-breaking for BBI
  • 10/26/2006: Opening BBI concrete factory
  • 11/22/2006: Tender for regional syndicates for the construction of the airport station and train tunnel
  • The Berlin Airports BBI medium-sized business concept has proved itself. Orders amounting to approximately 250 million euro have been placed with regional businesses since August 2004.
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