FBB continues to target growth in 2016 / Business plan approved BER opening still planned for 201718.12.2015
The Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH today took an important decision for the company and approved the Business Plan for 2016. As detailed in the plan, after the new passenger record of this year, FBB expects passenger numbers to further increase and anticipates that the benchmark of 30 million passengers will be significantly exceeded. A further key topic at the Supervisory Board meeting was the construction work at BER, which remains three to four months behind the schedule presented in December 2014. The opening of BER remains scheduled for the second half of 2017.
Business Plan 2016 approved
The growth outlined in the FBB business plan for 2016 is a continuation of the development reported in 2015; one week ago, the company announced a new passenger record for both Schönefeld and Tegel airports. In the 2016 business plan FBB expects continued passenger growth to over 30 million passengers and anticipates positive revenues on the basis of rising income. At the press conference after the Supervisory Board meeting, Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FBB, stated: “Overnight stays in Berlin are increasing, and with them the number of passengers. We aim to continue this development with the airport operating company and ensure that the region around Germany’s capital is strongly positioned in the international aviation network.” FBB’s Chief Operating Officer, Karsten Mühlenfeld, said: “The business plan that the board approved today puts us in an ideal position to handle the steady rise in passenger numbers and the pending infrastructure expansion.”
The target remains to open BER in the second half of 2017
At today’s Supervisory Board meeting FBB presented the current framework schedule for the opening of BER. The completion of the construction measures for the airport, which was originally scheduled for March 2016, has been postponed until mid-July 2016. The airport operating company has put in place a range of measures to mitigate this delay; these include faster planning procedures and the introduction of a six-day week and two shifts. Mühlenfeld said: “There is no change to what I have repeatedly stated in the past weeks: we are targeting the second half of 2017. The situation will be clearer when the 5th and 6th supplements to the planning permit are presented in spring 2016.” To accelerate the building work at the site Müller announced a conference with all the main BER contractors. Müller added, “it is now down to everyone involved in the project to ensure that we get the airport open. I will be meeting with the key contractors to discuss the next steps to completion, and will be making it very clear that I expect everyone involved to show exceptional commitment.”