BBI Airport: a unique, historic opportunity for Berlin and Brandenburg09.03.2011
Better than the market for the eighth year in a row
The biggest increase in 2010 was reported by Berlin Airports in the number of passengers on routes outside Europe: the number of passengers in international air traffic rose last year by around a quarter to 1,097,645 (approx. five per cent of total traffic). The most noticeable increase was seen on the 12 long-haul flights: up 25.7 per cent to 523,144 passengers. Most passengers in this segment chose the long-haul flight to New York in 2010 (208,394 passengers).
13,044,717 passengers at Berlin Airports chose a European destination in 2010 (up 8.3 percent on 2009). “We are delighted to be achieving not only quantitative, but also strong qualitative growth on important routes for business travellers. For example, London was our biggest growth market last year, up 21.8 per cent (+229,454 passengers) on 2009. This provides further momentum for BBI. Our aim is clearly to secure a large part of global air traffic growth in the future”, said Schwarz.
8,181,127 passengers in 2010 flew on domestic flights, 1.6 per cent more than in the previous year.
2011 summer flight schedule: 13th long-haul route scheduled
BBI will put Berlin back on the world map in terms of air traffic in 2012
“BBI will put Berlin back on the world map in terms of air traffic”, stressed Schwarz. “While the region will gain the state-of-the-art airport it so desperately needs and deserves, we will gain direct access to markets and people the world over.”
Recognising this potential even before the opening of BBI, airberlin began establishing a hub in May 2010. The airline now offers more than 6,000 weekly flights to and from Berlin and has already managed to double its transfer passenger figures.
airberlin is also set to become part of the oneworld alliance, representing a major opportunity for Berlin Airports. “BBI offers airlines a first-class traffic hub – with short transfer times, good service, an adjoining conference centre and the licence to grow”, promised Schwarz.
Schwarz also sees Lufthansa’s announcement to focus on targeting the Berlin market as a positive sign. A few weeks ago, Lufthansa launched the “Future Berlin” project, entrusting Josef Bogdanski, one of its most experienced managers, with the task of developing a strategy for Berlin. “We are delighted with the great deal of interest airlines have already shown in BBI’s market launch”, said Schwarz. “We believe BBI can provide a sound platform for developing two equally strong partners.”