The summer holidays start in Berlin today, followed by Brandenburg tomorrow. School holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg mark the start of the peak travel season. From city trips to beach holidays in Europe or throughout the world – Berlin offers the perfect destination for anyone.
High traffic volume as the holidays start
Similar to 2012, high traffic volumes are anticipated this year at Berlin's Schönefeld and Tegel Airports as the holidays kick off. Accordingly, around 2,600 flights are planned for approx. 315,000 passengers in the first weekend of the holidays, from Thursday to Sunday, with around 75% of this traffic being handled at Tegel.
Airlines and routes
66 airlines currently fly non-stop from Berlin to 159 destinations in 48 countries. Apart from a wide choice of long-haul routes (Abu Dhabi, Bejing, Chicago – now offered by airberlin, Doha, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Punta Cana, Ulan Bator and Varadero), there are also numerous connections to destinations within Europe. The summer flight schedule now also includes new links to Florence (Vueling Airlines), Warsaw (airberlin), Oslo (SAS), Sofia (easyJet), Edinburgh (easyJet), Kristiansand (FlyNonstop), Athens (Aegean Airlines) and London Southend (easyJet). Lufthansa will also be including Faro (from 19 June), Antalya (from 20 June) and Mahon (from 21 June) in its flight schedule from Berlin.
Refurbishment work at Tegel Airport's Terminal D
Within the framework of improvements at Tegel Airport, refurbishment work will be carried out in the check-in area of Terminal D from 29 June to 8 July. During this period, check-in will not be available in Terminal D but the waiting areas and gates to this area will remain open. Flights whose check-in is normally in Terminal D will be relocated to other terminals. Passengers should contact their airline for further information and consult the internet (www.berlin-airport.de) and information screens at the airport for details of the check-in desk for their flights.
The following airlines will be affected:
- Air France (AF)
- Austrian Airlines (OS)
- Czech Airlines / Jobair (OK)
- Finnair (AY)
- Germanwings (4U)
- InterSky (3L)
- KLM (KL)
- LOT (LO)
- Lufthansa (LH)
- Luxair (LG)
- SAS (SK)
- Transavia (HV)
- Vueling Airlines (VLG)
On account of the high traffic volumes anticipated, passengers are recommended to obtain information online or by phone on their flight status prior to travelling to the airport, and to plan their arrival at the airport in time in order to enjoy a relaxing check-in for their flight. Many airlines also offer a free online check-in service. As parking facilities are limited, passengers are advised to travel to the airport using public transport. As a general rule, extra time should always be allowed for travelling to and within the airport. Berlin Airports apologises for any delays which may arise due to high passenger traffic and refurbishment work in Terminal D.
Contact and online services
The information hotline +49 30 6091-1150 is open 24/7 for general queries; all calls are charged as local calls. Berlin Airports also offers contact options and service information on its online channels. The recently expanded and updated website (www.berlin-airport.de) provides live traffic information, arrival and departure details, maps, information on airport services and a wide range of travel tips. The website provides flight status information and a text message notification service. In addition, live information can be obtained and queries made 24/7 via the Twitter service account www.twitter.com/berlinairport.
Airport experience: bus and bicycle tours at BER, Infotower, visitor terraces in Schönefeld and Tegel
Those who aren't travelling in summer can still enjoy a whiff of airport air. Anyone who is interested can find out more about the BER airport project on a guided bus tour. On selected Saturdays this summer, guided bicycle tours of the BER airport site will also be offered for the first time. Reservations are essential. More information will be available online (www.berlin-airport.de) and direct from the Berlin Airports visitor service on +49 30 6091-77770. The Infotower is also open for visitors. Every day from 10 am to 6 pm (March to October), the BER site and flight operations at Schönefeld Airport can be observed from the top of the 32-metre tower. The visitor terraces in Schönefeld and Tegel also offer an exciting insight into day-to-day airport operations: aircraft from all over the world, handling and clearing, take-offs and landings – open every day from 8 am to 6 pm (Schönefeld) and 8 am to 8 pm (Tegel).
Discovering the airport with children: tours for children, a Day at the Airport
In addition to special children’s tours of the airport - "For small passengers" (for kindergarten groups of children aged three to six), "For explorers" (for groups of children in grades 1 to 8) and "Ready for take-off" (for groups of children in 9th grade and older) - a special holiday programme is also available this summer. The "A Day at the Airport" holiday programme allows children accompanied by their parents, grandparents or friends to experience a day up close at Schönefeld Airport: it includes a visit to the Lufthansa hangar and a small aircraft, a visit to the airport fire brigade and federal police, a bus tour of the airport and a guided tour of the terminal, visitor terrace and the Infotower. The day starts at 9.30 am and ends around 3 pm. Groups from holiday camps and individuals are also very welcome. The holiday programme will take place every weekday from 21 June to 2 August 2013 and costs €19 per person, including a packed lunch and snack. Call +49 30 6091-77770 for information and reservations from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm.