Berlin Airports: a new player enters the market07.03.2008
New passenger record
The main factor driving growth in 2007 was Tegel Airport, which reported a 13.1% increase in passenger figures. Around 13.4 million passengers used Berlin’s busiest airport in 2007. Schoenefeld Airport reported growth of 4.5%, with 6.3 million passengers using the airport. 350,000 passengers used Tempelhof Airport, which is a drop of almost 50% over the previous year.
National leader in services to northern and eastern Europe
Berlin ranks third for services to eastern Europe, second for the core markets Moscow and Budapest and first for services to the Baltic region. In 2007, Berlin captured 12% of the market with a total of 600,000 passengers departing for destinations in eastern Europe. In summer 2008, 24 airlines will be offering 185 flights to 23 destinations in eastern Europe every week.
BBI – the new hub at the heart of Europe
Berlin’s location at the geographical heart of Europe gives the city’s airports a unique advantage over other airports that are located further to the west of the continent, and particularly in respect to the growth markets of eastern Europe and east Asia. Additionally, as a tourist destination, the seat of government and key business centre location, Berlin’s international appeal and significance continues to rise steadily.
Speaking of Berlin Airports’ plans for the future, Dr. Rainer Schwarz explained: “Our aim is to establish BBI as the key hub for the metropolitan region. To achieve this goal, we will first be strengthening Schoenefeld and Tegel airports, as they are the stepping stones for the new super-airport BBI. We have set clear targets: more transit traffic, more long-haul services. The current development with smaller long-haul aircraft, like the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, will help decentralised airport locations such as Berlin achieve even stronger growth in the future.