Summer, sun and beach holidays

Passenger numbers up at the start of the holidays / More service in Tegel / Information for passengers
The school summer holidays start this week in Berlin and Brandenburg, marking the traditional start of the main travel season. Berlin Airports is expecting 33,000 passengers more in the first week of the 2008 holidays than last year, of which 26,000 are expected to use Tegel Airport. This Thursday will be the busiest day of the year, with 500 flight movements scheduled. At Schoenefeld, Berlin Airports is also expecting higher than average passenger numbers for the first days of the holidays.

As every year, Spain – and Mallorca in particular – is one of the most popular destinations. Greece and Turkey are also top choices when it comes to holidays. The Summer Flight Schedule features a number of new destinations, with the airline Meridiana flying to Florence and Germania to Bastia on Corsica.

"Berlin Airports is ideally prepared to fly our passengers from Berlin and Brandenburg in safety and comfort to their holiday destinations. Whether you’re heading to Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey or the United States, with 160 destinations Berlin Airports is the ideal starting point for your holiday,” said Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports.

More service in Tegel

As in previous years, additional service staff have been brought in to help out over the busy holiday period and assist passengers. The mobile Info Scouts are on duty from early in the morning till late at night. All specially trained scouts staff speak several languages and can provide useful information on a variety of topics, including airport services and tourism in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

A new service and information point for disabled passengers and passengers with impaired mobility opens on 26 July. Staff will be on hand to assist disabled passengers get to and from aircraft, buses and taxis, and will also be able to provide specific information, e.g. about barrier-free hotels in the region. The information desk is open daily from 4:30 in the morning till 22:30 in the evening.

Information for passengers: checking in

Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare and to allow additional time for checking in, as the first days of the holidays can be very busy. More information about check-in times is available from the airlines or may be provided on the ticket.

Some airlines offer an ‘evening-before’ check-in service between 18:00 and 21:00 for flights that leave early in the morning.

In Berlin-Schoenefeld the following airlines offer an ‘evening-before’ service for selected flights: Air Berlin, Condor, Croatia Airlines, Germania, Hapag Lloyd Flug, LTU, Sky Airlines and Sun Express.

In Berlin-Tegel the following airlines offer an ‘evening-before’ service for selected flights: Air Berlin, Condor, Hapag Lloyd Flug, Lufthansa, LTU, Sky Airlines and TUIfly.

Before leaving for the airport, passengers are strongly advised to check that they have packed all the necessary travel documents.

Information for passengers: hand luggage

Due to current hand luggage regulations, only very limited amounts of liquids may be taken on board in hand luggage. Hand luggage may contain only liquids in containers (tubes, pots, tubs, bottles etc.) with a maximum capacity of 100ml. These containers must be packed in a separate, transparent plastic bag with a capacity of 1 litre. Only one bag is permitted per passenger. This plastic bag (e.g. a resealable freezer bag or a bag with a Ziploc closure) may contain any number of containers, but it must be sealable and must be presented at to security staff during the screening process.

Passengers are requested to obtain these bags in advance and to pack their liquids before leaving for the airport. Plastic bags may also be purchased at Berlin’s airports. Substances classed as liquids include gels, pastes, lotions, mixed liquids and solids and the contents of pressurized containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrup, perfume, shaving foam, aerosols and other items with a similar consistency. Any special food required on board, e.g. baby food, and medicines may be packed separately, but must be presented at the security check and a plausible reason for their use must be given. Lipsticks and lip balms need not be packed in the plastic bag.

Travel Value & Duty Free items purchased on the day of the flight in a shop after the security check at an airport within the European Union or on board a European Union aircraft may also be packed in hand luggage as long as the passenger is able to show a receipt with that day’s date on it.

Berlin Airport’s Airport Information Service will provide any further information that is required. Tel: 0180 5000 186 (0.14 €/minute).

Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

+49 30 6091-70100 +49 30 6091-70070