Müller new Chairman of the Supervisory Board, BER milestones achieved, immediate action programme for Schönefeld, Annual Report 201403.07.2015
The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB). Müller was today elected unanimously by the members of the FBB Supervisory Board. He succeeds Brandenburg’s Airport Coordinator Rainer Bretschneider, who had held the post as acting Chairman of the Supervisory Board since December 2014 and will now head the Project Committee. In addition, there are two other new additions to the Supervisory Board: Gabriela Pantring, member of the Board of Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB), and Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, State Secretary in the Senate Administration for Urban Development of Berlin. This was also the first session of the Supervisory Board for Karsten Mühlenfeld following his appointment as head of the airport operating company FBB. The themes addressed by the Supervisory Board were the current status of planning and construction at BER, securing the capacities of the aviation location Berlin-Brandenburg and the Annual Report 2014 of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.
Following the session of the Supervisory Board, Michael Müller commented: “I am convinced that politicians must take active responsibility for key issues. This is why I have accepted leadership of the Supervisory Board of FBB. It’s my clear priority to get BER up and running as soon as possible. To this end the BER terminal will be completed without any further changes. I have also clearly stated today that we need to secure the aviation capacity of the Berlin-Brandenburg region in the long term. And to do this we need Schönefeld for longer than previously thought. We have given the airport operating company the task of informing us in detail in the coming months as to how it aims to provide the requisite capacity in the future.”
Karsten Mühlenfeld said: “FBB is notably successful in its role as airport operating company. We are seeing growing passenger volumes at Schönefeld and Tegel, and we want things to continue this way. That’s why we are investing 19 million euros in Tegel this year. Today we presented to the Supervisory Board our immediate action programme for Schönefeld, with which we gear ourselves to the Ryanair base and to additional flights by a large number of other airlines. In the Supervisory Board we also discussed the question of how we can further develop the capacities of BER after its opening. In the coming months we will work out the strategic expansion options and present them to the public when they are definite.”
Construction work at BER
In the first two quarters FBB achieved the primary milestones for completion of BER. These comprise submission of the 5th addendum to the request for planning permission, the completion of the pavilion and the main cabling. Delays continue to be experienced with some subordinate milestones, as previously reported by the airport operating company on several occasions. The critical issue is and remains the fire protection system, which is highly complex due to the large amount of interior rooms in the central building section. “We’re currently on schedule,” said Mühlenfeld. “But we still have a long way to go. I expect the planning offices and building contractors to continue to show strong commitment and to complete their tasks as agreed.” The next milestones in the roadmap presented in December 2014 include the submission of the 6th addendum, the completion of the cable ducts and the first element of the GSPLC (= general safety-oriented programmable logic controller). FBB had presented the roadmap for the opening of BER in the second half of 2017 in December 2014. Latest news and a monthly update on the key figures in the planning and construction of BER are posted on the FBB website.
Runway repair work at Schönefeld
The repair work on the runway of Schönefeld Airport is progressing on schedule, with the first construction phase due to be completed this month. Currently some 150 construction workers are engaged in reinforcing the runway shoulders, installing new slotted channels, milling off the top asphalt layer and laying down new asphalt. The North Runway should be back in service on 24 October 2015. During the construction period the airport operating company has set up a telephone line for residents.
Immediate action programme for Schönefeld
Due to the increased commitment by airlines such as Ryanair, Norwegian and Germanwings it has become necessary to optimize flight operations at Schönefeld. To this end an immediate action programme has been drawn up, with various measures to be taken in the coming months. First of all Terminal C will be equipped with three security checkpoints. These will enable passengers who have already checked in online and are travelling without baggage to reach their departure gate quickly. The airport’s orientation/signage system is also being adjusted accordingly. In Terminal D an additional area for non-Schengen passengers will be provided, with corresponding passport checks and shopping facilities. Areas for staff of the Ryanair base will be newly created. Further aircraft stands will be constructed airside. Moreover, other measures will be planned in 2015 but first realized in 2016, such as an extension of the waiting areas in Terminal A and an improved landside connection for passengers.
Annual Report 2014
For no less than twelve years, air traffic in Berlin-Brandenburg has been developing at above-average rates. In 2003, 13.3 million passengers flew to and from Berlin; by 2014 this figure had more than doubled, reaching almost 28 million passengers. This positive development is reflected in the increased sales revenues in both the aviation and non-aviation sectors. In this way the airport operating company FBB is making its own contribution to the financing of BER.
The most important figures in brief: the total sales revenues for 2014 were 288.8 million euros. The aviation sales revenues rose by 3.0 per cent to 198.0 million euros, while the sales revenues from the non-aviation sector rose by 5.4 per cent to 49.8 million euros. In 2014 the FBB group booked a consolidated loss of 171.3 million euros (as compared to 181.7 million euros in the previous year). The EBITDA was 56.1 million euros, at the same level as the previous year.