BER opening delayed: The latest on continuing flight operations in Schönefeld and Tegel until the opening of BER31.05.2012
According to previous plans, air traffic in the Berlin-Brandenburg region should have been concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on 3 June. As the opening date has now been rescheduled for 17 March 2013, former plans have now been scrapped. At the same time, customers and passengers are asking a number of questions: e.g. How will Berlin passengers be affected as of Sunday, 3 June 2012, the original opening date for Berlin Brandenburg Airport? How will the delayed opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport affect the existing airports Schönefeld and Tegel?
Here you will find an overview of the most frequently asked questions, including answers (BER Part 2 to follow tomorrow):
Can the flights scheduled for BER be handled at the existing airports Schönefeld and Tegel?
Flights that should have been operated from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport as of 3 June can be handled by Schönefeld and Tegel for the duration of the extended operational period. As things stand, the overall number of flight movements at the airports Schönefeld and Tegel are set to increase from 4,540 in the last week of May (21/05–27/05) to 4,567 in the first week of June (04/06–10/06). While the number of flight movements in Tegel will increase by 81, the number in Schönefeld will drop by 54 flight movements per week. Individual airlines have applied to operate flights in Tegel outside regular operating hours (6 a.m.–11 p.m.). A decision will be made shortly by the Berlin aviation authorities regarding these applications. It is a well-known fact that Tegel Airport has been operating at maximum capacity for some years now. We therefore apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause. To be on the safe side, please allow extra time to get to and through the airport.
Which new routes will be offered from 3 June 2012?
17 new destinations will be served from Berlin in the 2012 summer flight schedule – including Trondheim as of March, Toulouse and Eindhoven as of April and Los Angeles, Windhoek and Gdańsk as of May. As of 3 June, airlines will be offering eight new destinations, for example to Marseille, Kaliningrad, Valencia, Bologna and Bilbao.
What will happen with the flight I've already booked for BER?
For all the latest information on how this could potentially affect you, please consult the website of your airline or tour operator. Please contact your airline, tour operator or the airport call centre directly with any questions specifically relating to your flight:
airberlin – www.airberlin.com / +49 1805 737-800
Lufthansa – www.lufthansa.de / +49 1805 805805
easyJet – www.easyjet.com / +49 1805 029-292
Airport call centre www.berlin-airport.de / +49 180 500-0186
Which airline departs from which airport?
With the help of the airport company and the airlines, the airline coordinator has re-coordinated all flights. It is now clear that all airlines will depart from the airport at which they were previously based. An overview of all airlines, including contact information, can be found here. For all the latest information, please consult the airline websites. Please contact your airline or tour operator directly with any questions specifically relating to your flight.
Which shops, restaurants and service facilities will be available in Schönefeld and Tegel?
All restaurants, shops and services such as car rental and Lost & Found will continue to be available at the existing airports until the new airport opens. Both locations will thus continue to cater to all the daily travel needs of passengers.
What will happen with the parking space I've already reserved for my flight at BER?
Passengers who have already reserved a parking space at Berlin Brandenburg Airport but are now departing from Schönefeld can change their reservation to a car park in Schönefeld. Passengers who have already reserved a parking space at Berlin Brandenburg Airport but are now flying from Tegel will be reimbursed. Should you have any questions regarding existing reservations, please contact the service centre of the car park operator Apcoa on +49 1805 904-443 (€0.14/min. from a German landline or max. €0.42/min. from a German mobile phone network). More information can be found online at www.berlin-airport.de or on the new website at http://preview.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers/new-opening-date/index.php.
Where can I park in Schönefeld and Tegel?
You can continue to use the car parks available at the airports Schönefeld and Tegel in accordance with the current terms and conditions.
How will I get to Schönefeld and Tegel by public transport?
The airport company requests that passengers allow extra time for travelling to the airport, especially during peak periods. Connections via the public transport network to and from Tegel and Schönefeld Airport will remain in operation, and current timetables will remain in effect. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be connected to the public transport network when BER opens on 17 March 2013 and not, as planned, on 3 June.
Are winter operations guaranteed at both airports?
Winter operations at both Schönefeld and Tegel Airport will prove particularly challenging for all involved. Airport staff are responsible for the winter service on aircraft operation areas and GlobeGround staff for aircraft de-icing. Due to the extremely tight schedules, especially in Tegel, processes must be optimised and additional staff must be on standby. In addition, GlobeGround must dismantle the winter service equipment already transferred over to BER.
For general enquiries, passengers can contact the airport call centre directly on: +49 1805 000-186 (€0.14/min. from a German landline or max. €0.42/min. from a German mobile phone network). All the latest information is also available online at www.berlin-airport.de and on the preview site of the new website at http://preview.berlin-airport.de.
The airport company regrets any inconvenience caused by the delayed opening of the airport and extends their apologies to passengers.