Berlin Airports: a new player enters the market

07.03.08 11:01
Record results with over 20 million passengers / Precise capacity planning at BBI secures future growth / Targeted strategic focus on eastern Europe and east Asia
Berlin Airports today announced at a press conference that 2007 has been the most successful year in the company’s history. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, stated: “Passenger figures have hit a new record level of 20 million. We are one of the three main pillars in Germany’s airport system. In terms of passenger volume, we currently rank in 15th position of all airports in Europe.”

New passenger record

Last year, Berlin Airports notched up a new passenger record with 20 million passengers using the city’s airports. This is an 8.3% increase or 1.5 million passenger rise on the previous year’s figures and it puts Berlin Airports in third position among Germany’s airports with a market share of 10.9%. Berlin Airports’ growth is approximately one third higher than the rest of the aviation market in Germany, Europe and the world.

The main factor driving growth in 2007 was Tegel Airport, which reported a 13.1% increase in passenger figures. Around 13.4 million passengers used Berlin’s busiest airport in 2007. Schoenefeld Airport reported growth of 4.5%, with 6.3 million passengers using the airport. 350,000 passengers used Tempelhof Airport, which is a drop of almost 50% over the previous year.

National leader in services to northern and eastern Europe

Berlin Airports boasts an excellent network of services to destinations all over Europe. Berlin is Germany’s leading airport for flights to Scandinavia, with a 19.2% share of this market in Germany, and there is every sign that this growth will continue. Ten airlines will be flying to ten destinations in Scandinavia in summer 2008, with around 150 services per week.

Berlin ranks third for services to eastern Europe, second for the core markets Moscow and Budapest and first for services to the Baltic region. In 2007, Berlin captured 12% of the market with a total of 600,000 passengers departing for destinations in eastern Europe. In summer 2008, 24 airlines will be offering 185 flights to 23 destinations in eastern Europe every week.

BBI – the new hub at the heart of Europe

Aviation will remain a growth industry. In Germany alone economic experts predict that passenger figures will double over the next 15 years. The construction of the new capital airport BBI, which opens in 2011, will give the metropolitan region Berlin-Brandenburg one of Europe’s most modern and efficient airports. Dr. Rainer Schwarz: “BBI will have an approved initial capacity of 360,000 flight movements, which is equivalent to around 40 million passengers. This gives us a vast location advantage over other German and European airports, the majority of which will soon reach the limits of their capacity and growth. Berlin offers the airline industry the necessary infrastructure for unhindered growth.”

Berlin’s location at the geographical heart of Europe gives the city’s airports a unique advantage over other airports that are located further to the west of the continent, and particularly in respect to the growth markets of eastern Europe and east Asia. Additionally, as a tourist destination, the seat of government and key business centre location, Berlin’s international appeal and significance continues to rise steadily.

Speaking of Berlin Airports’ plans for the future, Dr. Rainer Schwarz explained: “Our aim is to establish BBI as the key hub for the metropolitan region. To achieve this goal, we will first be strengthening Schoenefeld and Tegel airports, as they are the stepping stones for the new super-airport BBI. We have set clear targets: more transit traffic, more long-haul services. The current development with smaller long-haul aircraft, like the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, will help decentralised airport locations such as Berlin achieve even stronger growth in the future.

2008 – the next stages in the BBI timetable

In 2008, Berlin Airports will continue to focus on BBI. From May 2008, the completion of the A113neu motorway will enable motorists to trim a few minutes off the journey from the city to Schoenefeld airport. The actual construction work for the BBI terminal, which is the centrepiece of the new airport, starts in the middle of the year. The closure of Tempelhof Airport on 31 October 2008 marks the first major step towards concentrating the region’s air traffic in a single location.
Hannes Stefan Hönemann

Hannes Stefan Hönemann Head of Corporate

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Daniel Tolksdorf

Daniel Tolksdorf Spokesperson

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Kathrin Westhölter Spokesperson

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