Schoenefeld Airport

Berlin Schönefeld Airport

The Airport Company renovates the runway at Schönefeld Airport, which will later become the BER North Runway, in the period from May to October 2015. During the renovation work, flight operations are temporarily handled on the BER South Runway. — The Champions League final is played in Berlin on 6 June 2015. About 25,000 supporters from Turin and Barcelona arrive on special flights at Schönefeld. — At the end of September 2015, FBB sets the course for the further expansion of the aviation infrastructure at Schönefeld. The Supervisory Board gives a green light for a €65-million package that will secure traffic growth at Schönefeld until the opening of BER, make possible the construction of the government airport and initiate the middle-term expansion of the site until 2023. — Ryanair, the low-cost airline from Ireland, opens a base at Schönefeld on 27 October 2015 and flies to 24 destinations in Europe. — A total of more than 8.5 million passengers take off and land at Schönefeld Airport in 2015.

2014 easyJet and the Airport Company celebrate an important date on 5 May 2014: the airline’s tenth anniversary at Schönefeld. In the meantime, easyJet flies to 44 destinations from Schönefeld. The airline has carried a total of more than 30 million passengers from and to Berlin. A market share of over 66% makes easyJet the largest airline at Schönefeld.
2011 The Ministry of Transport in Potsdam approves the application for the new government airport in Schoenefeld. In future, the government’s fleet will be stationed at the airport and foreign visitors will be welcomed here. The Federal Republic’s special air mission and stand-by service, stationed at Tegel, moves to Schoenefeld when Tegel closes.
2010 The airport in the south of Berlin has awoken from its long slumber and emerges as Germany’s boom airport. By 2010, the number of passengers had risen continually to 7.3 million, meaning that Schoenefeld has succeeded in almost quadrupling passenger figures within five years. Low-cost carriers account for more than 80 per cent of traffic at Schoenefeld. Attractive destinations across Europe and low prices make Schoenefeld appealing for tourists and business travellers alike.
2005 Germanwings chooses Schoenefeld as a base airport for two aircraft that fly to cities not covered by easyJet.
2004 The arrival of easyJet increases the appeal of the airport for many passengers, as the British low-cost carrier flies nonstop to many destinations from Berlin-Schoenefeld.
2003 The airport, which was mainly used for charter flights during the 1990s, is increasingly used by low-cost airlines (Ryanair, V Bird, Germanwings).
1996 Berlin, Brandenburg and the Federal Republic of Germany jointly agree to build an international airport for Berlin and Brandenburg (BBI). The designated site is Schoenefeld Airport, which is to be significantly enlarged.
1995 The expansion of Terminal A (now terminal section L) is agreed.
1993 Jetways are built at Terminal A (now terminal section L). Passengers previously had to walk to the aircraft.
1991 Between 1991 and 1993 the airport is used as a base for the federal air force’s No. 65 air transport squadron.
1991 Interflug is closed down after German reunification. Passenger numbers at the airport drop dramatically.
1989 Another air accident occurs in Schoenefeld. The rudder of an aircraft jams and the plane crashes onto a field behind the runway, killing 22 of the 113 passengers.
1986 The second-worst air accident in the history of East Germany occurs: 72 people die, including 20 school children.
1985 The airport is extended by the addition of the buildings later named Terminal B and C (now terminal section K and Q).
1976 The future Terminal A (now terminal section L) opens as NPA (New Passenger Handling).
1969 The airport handles more than one million passengers per year.
1963 A bus line starts operating between Charlottenburg (West Berlin) and Schoenefeld Airport.
1960 The airport is widely used by West German passengers, who fly from here to destinations such as Prague and Budapest, which are not served by West German airports.
1947 The Soviet military administration orders the construction of a civilian airport; the Russian airline Aeroflot starts commercial air services in Schoenefeld. As the site is outside the city’s boundaries, the East German airline Interflug can also take off and land here; the West German carrier Lufthansa is not permitted to operate at the inner-city airports Tempelhof and Tegel due to the Four Power Agreement.
1946 At the end of May 1946, the Soviet airline Aeroflot started a scheduled service between Berlin Schönefeld and Moscow.
1934 The Henschel Aircraft Plant signs an agreement with the steel pressing company Ambi-Budd and starts building aircraft in Schoenefeld. Three runways of 800 metres each are built to accommodate the new planes.