Berlin Airports welcomes new ILA date in September 201224.03.2011
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: “Postponing the ILA 2012 to September is a wise decision, as this will allow us to optimally coordinate the various air displays with regular operations at the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI). At the same time, we are delighted that this key industry showcase will remain in Berlin following the opening of BBI on 3 June 2012.”
Berlin Airports had already voiced its concerns over the original ILA date (19–24 June 2012) early on – for various reasons:
- The ILA should have been held shortly after the opening of BBI on 3 June 2012, which would have led to unnecessary operational challenges. Now all operational areas of the airport, ground handling services, airlines and air traffic control can concentrate fully on controlling regular air traffic.
- The summer holidays start in Berlin and Brandenburg on 21 June 2012. Keeping to the original date would have meant the busiest weekend of the year overlapping with the ILA.
- What’s more, the European Football Championships (UEFA EURO 2012) are being held in Poland and the Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012 and Berlin Airports is the official partner airport of the Breslau stadium. Like the Poznań venue, Breslau is less than a three-hour-drive by car or train from the new BBI Airport, where passenger numbers are expected to increase with the arrival of football fans from all over Europe.