Berlin – an attractive destination

13.05.07 13:20
www.viaberlin.com – the fast and easy way to discover Europe / Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI – Germany's future airport
Berlin Airports is presenting two innovative topics at this year's Germany Travel Mart (GTM) – the unique Europe-wide online portal viaberlin.com and the new Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI, Europe's most significant new airport development.

viaberlin.com – discover Europe from Berlin

With viaberlin.com, Berlin Airports is offering the ideal booking engine for discovering the German capital and other European cities. The Internet service was launched in January 2006 and last year alone, viaberlin.com drew 250,000 additional passengers to Berlin.

What makes this offer so special is that Berlin Airports is the first airport in Europe to enable its customers to view all flights offered by airlines landing in Berlin, and to combine and book these flights in one easy step. For example, travellers can fly from Moscow to London by flying with Germanwings from Moscow to Berlin, explore the German capital and then fly on with British Airways to London. viaberlin.com also connects cities – such as Moscow and Pisa – for which there are no existing direct connections. Online bookers at viaberlin.com also have the option of stopping over in Berlin for several days.

Offers of flight connection insurance, car rental bookings and hotel reservations round off the service offered by viaberlin.com. The booking portal is thus the ideal port of call for young travellers wishing to discover Europe from Berlin. viaberlin.com also offers lots of tips on where to stay, shop, go sightseeing, and on art and culture, to help visitors find their way around Berlin.

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, on viaberlin.com: "Travel behaviour is changing rapidly. More and more tourists and business travellers are using the Internet to put together their individual travel package. With viaberlin.com, Berlin Airports has created a unique booking portal in Europe: you can book flights online, take out flight connection insurance, read up on current cultural tips and much more. Berlin Airports is offering the portal viaberlin.com for modern travelling from, via and to Berlin."

Berlin is definitely a trendy destination for tourists. The capital was the only city in Germany to record more than 15 million overnight stays last year. "The increasing number of passengers every year at Berlin Airports is also proof of how attractive the pulsating metropolis is", says Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports.

The online booking portal: www.viaberlin.com.

Three become one: the future is BBI

Berlin is well prepared for a continuing increase in visitor numbers. Construction work started last year on the future Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. Europe's only new airport development will initially cater for 22 to 25 million passengers. In subsequent years, the airport can be expanded to accommodate 360,000 aircraft movements, i.e. some 40 million passengers. This expansion has already been approved by the authorities and was confirmed in 2006 by the Supreme Administrative Court in the last instance.

Berlin air traffic is currently operated via the three city airports Schoenefeld, Tegel and Tempelhof. Last year alone, a total of approximately 18.5 million passengers were handled here, making Berlin the third-largest airport location in Germany. With the completion of the new BBI in 2011, the entire air traffic will be concentrated in the south-east of the city. The BBI concept envisages a modern airport with short routes, whereby the terminal is situated between the two parallel-running runways. The BBI will no longer be a "gold plated glamour airport" but a next generation airport: cosmopolitan, functional and cost-efficient. Its modern industrial architecture with clearly defined lines reflects this concept.

The BBI not only enables the historic traces of German division to be overcome, the state-of-the-art building also means Germany's largest city finally has an adequate airport.

As of mid 2007, visitors will be able to have a unique view over the construction site, the size of which is equivalent to 2,000 football pitches. A new attraction in Berlin is the 32 m high Infotower directly on the construction site – a must-have on all event calendars.

Berlin Airports at the Germany Travel Mart 2007

The 33rd Germany Travel Mart is being held from 13–15 May 2007 in Berlin's Estrel Convention Centre. The B2B platform for the German travel market is the biggest event for Germany's incoming tourism. This year, Berlin Airports is both an exhibitor and sponsor.

The exhibition is being hosted by the German Tourist Board (DZT) and the cities of Berlin and Potsdam. Approximately 700 international buyers and journalists are expected to attend. The exhibition will provide an insight into the latest trends and trade information in Germany. Together with other companies from the Berlin-Brandenburg region, Berlin Airports will be presenting on Level A of the Estrel Convention Centre on Stand A001, which is situated at the main entrance.

On 14 and 15 May 2007, workshops will be held at the GTM, in which around 350 exhibitors from the German travel and tourism industry will present their products and services. Accompanying evening events and guided tours offer business partners the opportunity to exchange information and network. On 15 May 2007, from 7 p.m. onwards, a closing event will be held in Hangar II of Berlin-Tempelhof Airport, which is being sponsored by Berlin Airports amongst others.

Hannes Stefan Hönemann

Hannes Stefan Hönemann Head of Corporate

+49 30 6091-70100

Daniel Tolksdorf

Daniel Tolksdorf Spokesperson

+49 30 6091-70100

Kathrin Westhölter

Kathrin Westhölter Spokesperson

+49 30 6091-70100