Berlin Airports – a job engine: Two new jobs per day

Positive results published in the 2009 Airport Job Survey: 17,785 people work at Berlin’s airports / 2,754 employees at the BBI construction site / New BBI airport is the key future project in the Berlin-Brandenburg region
Two new jobs every day: since the last Airport Job Survey in 2006, a total of 2,266 new jobs have been created at the airport and the impetus for the economy in the region around Germany’s capital has been vast. This results were announced by Berlin Airports at the presentation of the new Airport Job Survey 2009. The Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports, Professor Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ulrich Junghanns, Berlin’s Permanent Secretary in the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues, the transport expert Prof. Dr. Herbert Baum from Cologne, and the director of the Job Agency in Potsdam, Dieter Ecker-Lassner, jointly presented the latest Airport Job Survey 2009 and a new version of the “Economic Impact of BBI” study, which was prepared by the Institute of Transportation Science at the University of Cologne together with KE-CONSULT business and transportation consultants.

“In these times of economic crisis very few businesses can stand up and say that they are creating two new jobs a day”, said Professor Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports. “The latest Airport Job Survey shows just how important Berlin Airports is for the Berlin region. As sources of employment and economic drivers, Berlin’s airports are crucial for our region. The current job figures also reflect the development of aviation and our clear strategic focus on BBI. For years, we have been growing at a faster rate than the overall market and we have succeeded – even in the economic crisis – in soaring ahead of the development of the German market. We are a key location factor for the region, and a dependable employer.”

Professor Dr. Herbert Baum from the Institute of Transportation Science at the University of Cologne, added: “Our 2005 prognosis has been confirmed. In some areas, the growth at Berlin Airports even surpasses the positive economic effects that were forecast in 2005. Today, Berlin Airports’ total employment effect is around 40,000 jobs. This is a strong position that will not be affected by the present economic crisis: the economic crises of the past have always caused a dip in growth, but not a complete reversal in the development of the aviation sector; accordingly, we do not expect Berlin Airports’ growth to fall short of the growth path described in the 2005 study, but even anticipate that it could exceed it significantly.”

“The extension of Schoenefeld Airport to become the new BBI is a top investment project and as such is one of the key growth drivers for small and medium-sized enterprises”, stated Ulrich Junghanns, Minister of Economic Affairs in the State of Brandenburg. “For the region’s economy, the project is already a great success story because businesses located in the Berlin and Brandenburg region are profiting from contracts awarded in connection with the new airport, regardless of whether they are headquartered in the immediate vicinity of the airport, in Frankfurt (Oder), in Cottbus or in Brandenburg an der Havel. Around 80 per cent of the contracts have been awarded to local businesses. This is a substantial ratio. Already, we can say that this infrastructure project is an economic stimulus package in itself, which is incredibly important in these difficult times.”

Almuth Nehring-Venus, Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues said: “The results published today prove that the groundwork for BBI was well prepared in advance. To ensure that the impetus generated by Berlin’s airports and the new BBI continue to boost economic growth in the region and create even more attractive jobs, the city’s economic administration together with the State of Brandenburg are focusing considerable efforts on the sustainable development of the area around the airport and the aviation sector.”

“For us it is very important that jobseekers from the region benefit from the developments at the airport”, said Dieter Ecker-Lassner, Director of the Job Agency in Potsdam. “And for this reason in 2003 we set up a special on-site service at airportworld bbi for enterprises in the vicinity of the airport, and we also offer a wide range of attractive events and information packages for those interested in training and employment opportunities at the airport. “

Key results from the latest Airport Job Survey at Berlin Airports

  • The number of direct jobs has risen by 2,266 since 2006. Currently, 17,785 people work at Berlin’s airports, Since the last survey was published (data as at 1 April 2006), on average over two new jobs have been created per day ( 2.25 new jobs).
  • The latest Airport Job Survey also records how many jobs have been created directly by the construction of BBI. According to the latest figures (as at 1 April 2009), 2,745 direct new jobs have been created in companies contracted to plan and build BBI.
  • The Lufthansa Group, which employs 3,660 people in the region, is the largest employer in the aviation sector in Berlin and Brandenburg.
  • Employment figures at Tegel went up to 9,792 employees (+25.78% compared with 2006).
  • At Schoenefeld Airport, the number of employees increased to 6,328 (+9.72%).
  • The number of off-airport jobs went up by 205, or 11.12%, to 1,665 jobs.
  • Despite the closure in October 2008 of Tempelhof Airport, which was listed with 1,78 jobs in the 2006 survey, there has been no impact on the overall number of jobs at Berlin’s airports.

The Airport Job Survey 2009 includes all direct jobs depending on air traffic to and from Berlin, not only with the airport operating company but also with its tenants and concessionaires. Included in the figures are full-time and part-time employees and apprentices/trainees. The cut-off date was 1 April 2009. The survey has been carried out regularly since 1993.

In addition to the direct employees at the Berlin airports and on the construction site for the new BBI, the entire Berlin and Brandenburg region benefits from the dynamic development at Berlin’s airports. An updated version of the study “The Economic Impact of the Airport Berlin Brandenburg International”, originally compiled in 2005, by Professor Dr. Herbert Baum of the Institute for Transportation Science at the University of Cologne, shows that Berlin’s airports and the construction of the BBI are key location factors for the region. In the 2005 study, the total employment effect of Berlin’s airports was around 33,600 jobs; the new updated version of the study shows that the total employment effect of Berlin’s airports in 2009 is 40,400, which is an increase of 6,800 jobs since 1 April 2004.

Overall, stated Professor Dr. Baum, summing up the results, even during its construction the BBI is acting as a key economic engine for the region. According to the 2005 study, the construction of BBI until the new airport opens will create 42,900 man-years of work in the region. The new version of the study reveals that 30,800 man-years had already been created by May 2009. In other words: BBI will not only start creating thousands of jobs when it opens in 2011; already, the construction site acts as an economic stimulus package for the entire Berlin and Brandenburg region.

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