Quieter flights are worthwhile / Further system approvals at BER

31.05.19 11:50

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH would like to reward the airlines at BER for quieter flight operations. For this, the airport charges regulations will be adjusted. 

Until now, the charges have been solely determined by the type of aircraft, each of which has been assigned a fixed noise class. In the future, the chosen flight procedure will play an important role for the charges. Extensive noise monitoring by the airport company has indeed shown that it is possible for each aircraft type to fly quieter or louder. Therefore, in future a quiet flight will be rewarded with lower charges in order to reduce the burden on nearby residents. The billing of each take-off and landing will be made on the basis of the actual measured noise. 

The airport company will put up six additional measuring points for this and will fine-tune the noise charges. In future, there will be eleven noise classes instead of seven, which will be tiered in increments of two decibels (dB). Off-peak flights before 6:00am and after 11:00pm will also be subject to higher charges. For the airlines, this means that a flight with the same aircraft type could be much more expensive depending on the chosen flight operations and time of day. As a consequence, flights with noisy flight procedures in off-peak hours will be economically less attractive for airlines. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: 

Quieter flights will be worthwhile. We are creating an incentive for the airlines to both take the people in the airport's vicinity into account and save money. Because of the high cost pressures in the industry, airlines will avoid loud flight operations and the expensive off-peak hours. If we want to be successful at BER, we cannot manage without the off-peak hours. In particular, the long-haul routes to America and Asia, which are important for the whole region, must have the opportunity to use off-peak hours".

Further milestones at BER: Smoke extraction systems and ventilation systems receive their final approval from the TÜV

Final tests for the fire protection systems in the passenger terminal have progressed further. The tests by the senior expert of the mechanical smoke extraction systems were completed this week – no defects were detected during this test. This confirmed the proper condition, effectiveness and operation safety of these systems. 

Already in the last week, the ventilation systems in the passenger terminal and the North and South Pavilions had their final inspections by the senior expert. The operational safety and effectiveness were certified by the senior expert for all of the installed ventilation systems in the building and their operation was declared acceptable. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: "With the ventilation systems being approved by the TÜV and the completion of the smoke extraction systems, further milestones have been achieved in the completion of BER Terminal 1. As a result, only three system groups are left for the operating principle tests, which we expect to be green-lighted by this summer. 

Caverion has completed the extensive smoke extraction and ventilation systems on time and we would like to thank the company for their good cooperation. I would also like to thank the airport company's project management team and team of experts, who have completed these very extensive technical systems with tireless dedication".