BER Cargo Center officially inaugurated - Initial airport activities commencing03.07.2013
“The opening of the Cargo Center clearly shows that fundamental parts of the airport have already been completed and are operational. It is therefore only logical that such areas be put into service. By doing so we are sending out an important signal to the region,” says Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of the State of Brandenburg and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. “Our number one task is to complete Berlin Brandenburg Airport swiftly, bring it into service, and thus secure jobs and in particular create new ones. Despite all the difficulties in the past, BER is and remains an advantageous location, an economic driver, and the key infrastructure project of the region,” he adds.
“The capital region is developing into one of the most important air transport locations in Europe. Alone the doubling of passenger numbers to 25.3 million in the ten years from 2002 to 2012 is unparalleled on the Continent,” explains Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. “Air freight is also growing continuously. There is still considerable potential for further growth, particularly on long-haul routes. We therefore need BER more urgently than ever. By putting the Cargo Center into service, Hartmut Mehdorn and his staff are taking the first important step towards opening BER,” he adds.
“The opening of the Cargo Center in August is an essential component on the path to putting BER into service,” says Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.
“It shows that our SPRINT fast-track agenda is beginning to bear fruit. When something is ready for operation, we put it into service. We are commencing initial airport activities at BER with the Cargo Center, and at the same time we are beginning to establish the basic infrastructure that is the prerequisite for successful passenger service. The Cargo Center also enables us to relieve the freight facilities at Tegel, which are currently working to the limits of their capacity. The overriding goal, however, is to put BER into operation successfully and promptly,” he explains.
“Today is an important milestone for Dietz AG. The Cargo Center at Berlin Brandenburg Airport is ready for operation,” says Dr Wolfgang Dietz, CEO at Dietz AG. “A modern air freight centre is an essential component of a successful airport concept and is a gateway to the world for the economy. A state-of-the-art property accommodating efficient processes is our contribution to the success of BER,” he explains.