Air Berlin turns Berlin into a hub12.03.2010
In six waves per day, with up to 22 aircraft, Air Berlin will offer more than 6,000 weekly flights to and from Berlin. The airline is also adding nine new destinations from Berlin-Tegel and nine from Berlin-Schoenefeld to the summer flight schedule.
Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: “We welcome Air Berlin’s decision to expand its range of connecting flights. The new hub represents a key strategic decision, especially in light of the opening of BBI next year.”
Berlin Airports expects to set passenger record
In 2009, 20.97 million passengers took off from the Berlin airports. CEO of Berlin Airports, Schwarz: “We have managed to keep passenger figures at a significant high, despite the financial crisis. In 2009, passengers figures were down just two per cent on the previous year yet much better than the average commercial airport in Germany for the seventh year in a row. The Berlin market has proven to be particularly robust. A combination of low-cost airlines, holiday airlines and traditional airlines as well as the magnetic effect of the capital Berlin make Berlin Airports less susceptible to external crises.”
Historical comparison of double-digit growth
A comparison of the percentage of direct traffic (O&D) with transfer passengers at major German commercial airports is also revealing. With 20.63 million passengers flying direct, Berlin is slightly behind Munich Airport, which recorded 20.81 million. The percentage of transfers on the other hand is currently just 1.7 per cent. According to Schwarz, “These figures put into perspective the rumour that there is insufficient economic potential in Berlin. The basis for direct traffic is good. Together with strong airline partners, we aim to double the percentage of transfers at BBI.”
Four per cent growth at the beginning of the year
Largest summer flight schedule ever
Construction work on BBI on schedule
The new Capital Airport BBI is set to open as early as next year, on 30 October 2011. You can already see the new Berlin-Brandenburg airport taking shape on the construction site. “We are inviting everyone to come and gain an insight into the region’s biggest development project”, said CEO of Berlin Airports, Schwarz. The next opportunity to do so will be at the topping-out ceremony weekend on 8 and 9 May, at the ILA from 8–13 June, at the 4th AirportRun, half-marathon and 10-km race of Berlin Airports, with accompanying construction site party on 21 and 22 August as well as at the Festival of LightsTM from 13–24 October 2010.