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Construction phases

The Master Plan offers the airlines, the regional economy and all other partners and service providers a clear orientation regarding the development of the airport location. The site will be developed further in several steps and more terminal capacity will be added. In addition, airside developments such as taxiways, aprons or operational buildings are planned during all extension phases to meet operational requirements.

First extensions

As part of the first construction stage, Terminal T2 will be built directly in front of the existing North Pier. T2 is designed to handle 6 million passengers and will be used as a processor. It provides all of the various functions, ranging from check-in, baggage check-in and reclaim to security screening and service facilities, right through to retail and restaurants. The aircraft are embarked from the North Pier, which Terminal T2 is connected to via two bridges.

Once open, Terminal T1 will start off handling approximately 25 million passengers but, in subsequent years, will be used at its maximum capacity of approximately 27 million passengers. In addition, the old Schönefeld site – then Terminal 5 – will provide capacity of between 8 and 10 million passengers per year.

Overall, a total of up to 43 million passengers will be able to fly to and from Berlin each year from BER.

The new Terminal 3 is built

The new Terminal 3 will be built opposite Terminal 1 by the end of the 2020s, handling a capacity of approximately 15 million passengers. Schönefeld Airport will be closed once this phase has been completed. BER's capacity will then be at a figure of 48 million passengers per year.

Further terminal expansion

As a counterpart to Terminal 3, Terminal 4 with its capacity of 6 million passengers per year can be built to the south.

Terminal 1 can also be extended to the west by another pier or satellite. The focus of this expansion step is on waiting rooms with aircraft positions close to the building, which passengers can easily access via bridges, and additional non-aviation areas.

Once all of the construction work is complete, BER will be in a position to comprehensively deal with passenger numbers of 55 million passengers per year that are forecast for 2040.