Here comes the summer: Travel news for Schönefeld and Tegel Airports18.07.2016
The start of the summer holidays in Berlin und Brandenburg this coming Thursday marks the beginning of the tourism high season at Schönefeld and Tegel Airports. Between 21 July and 4 September, the two airports are expecting 4.25 million passengers, which is around 6.7 per cent more than in the previous year. For the first holiday weekend from Thursday to Sunday, there are roughly 2900 flight movements planned with just under 400,000 passengers. Currently, 78 airlines offer non-stop flights from Berlin to 179 destinations in 54 countries.
Service information for Berlin-Schönefeld Airport
Getting to the airport
Travellers who plan to drive to Schönefeld Airport via the A113 motorway are advised to allow extra time to reach the airport. Until 3 September, the A113 is being resurfaced between the junctions Späthstraße and Adlershof. For the duration of the roadworks, two lanes in either direction will be open, and a speed limit of 60 km/h will be in place, meaning that delays should be expected.
New car park
Since 1 July 2016, passengers have had access to a new car park. Car park P3 is located directly in front of the terminal of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Subject to availability, spaces can be pre-booked there online for a little as €39 per week. A free shuttle bus runs between the car park and Schönefeld Airport every 15-30 minutes. The journey time is approximately 10 minutes. Motorists are advised to pre-book a parking space at http://parken.berlin-airport.de/en.
Expansion of Schönefeld Airport
In order to keep pace with rising passenger figures at Schönefeld Airport, Terminal B is currently being expanded by 600 square metres on the landside. To the west of Terminal D, the new arrivals Terminal D2 is being built. This work will not cause any delays for passengers checking in or passing through security screening.
Service information for Berlin-Tegel Airport
As there are only a limited number of parking spaces available at Tegel, passengers are strongly advised to use public transport to travel to the airport. Furthermore, extra time should be allowed to get to the airport
The TXL Bus, which connects Tegel Airport with the city centre, is now being operated more frequently. The service from S+U Hauptbahnhof (Invalidenpark) to Tegel Airport now runs every 5 minutes.
General service information for passengers
Planning your journey
On account of the high traffic volumes anticipated, passengers are recommended to obtain information online or by phone on their flight status and any luggage restrictions 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. Information about baggage rules and regulations can be found on the Berlin Airports website.
New baggage rules
Since April 2016, passengers are no longer allowed to carry lithium-ion batteries in their checked baggage. This also applies to electronic cigarettes. Batteries and electronic cigarettes may only be taken on board in hand luggage.
New service: water for €1
Since 1 July 2016, the Heinemann Duty Free Shops behind security have started selling water in 0.5-litre tetra-packs for €1. The specially priced water is available at both airports, with the exception of Terminal A at Tegel.
Family room and play area at Tegel
Passengers with infants and toddlers are invited to use the new family room at Tegel Airport prior to departure. Located in Terminal A (Level 0), the room is equipped with a nappy-changing table, a play area and a book corner. To access the family room, please contact the passenger information desk in Terminal A.
Families travelling from Tegel Airport can also spend the time before departure enjoying the amenities of the children’s play area located behind security in Terminal C1.
Contact for lost baggage services
Passengers whose luggage has been lost or has been damaged in transit to Berlin can enter their flight number on the airport website and will receive the contact details of the handling agent responsible for handling the claim/search: http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/at-the-airport/luggage/baggage-tracing/index.php
Contact and online services
The information hotline is open 24/7 for general queries; all calls are charged as local calls. Berlin Airports also provides a choice of ways of obtaining information, enquiring about services, including the website and airport app.
The airport adventure
Holiday programme: A Day at the Airport
This year, the popular children’s holiday programme “A Day at the Airport” takes place from 25 July until 2 September 2016 on weekdays between 8.30 am and 3 pm. Children accompanied by their parents, grandparents or friends can spend a whole exciting day exploring Schönefeld Airport. Groups from holiday camps and individuals are also very welcome. The tour starts in the morning at 8.30 am at the visitor’s service centre at the Dialogforum opposite Schönefeld Airport. The programme includes a visit to the airport police, the airport fire services, the Lufthansa hangar and the small aircraft Piper “Seneca”. Prior booking is required. The price per person is €20 inclusive of VAT and includes the tour, breakfast and lunch. http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/the-excitement-of-airports/airport-tour/ETAF/index.php
The visitor terraces at Schönefeld and Tegel also provide an exciting view of the busy day-to-day work of an airport. Daily from 8 am until 8 pm, visitors can watch and photograph aircraft from all around the world, follow the activities on the ground and admire landings and take-offs.
Tickets for the visitor terraces at Schönefeld and Tegel can now also be purchased through the Berlin Airport app (Android and iOS).