The holidays begin at Berlin Airports

06.07.10 13:54
165 destinations in the summer flight schedule / Increase in traffic as the holidays begin
As the school holidays begin, Berlin Airports is anticipating an increase in passenger numbers and a surge in air traffic on Thursday, Friday and the weekend at both Tegel and Schoenefeld Airport. Around 113,000 passengers are expected at the Berlin airports on this weekend, 39,000 in Schoenefeld and 74,000 in Tegel, with 276 flights being coordinated in Schoenefeld and 595 in Tegel. This represents a 7.6 per cent increase compared to 2009 when a total of 105,000 passengers flew on the weekend the summer holidays began.

The range of flight destinations has never been greater, with 165 destinations in 48 countries to choose from. Traditional holiday destinations such as Spain are proving to be particularly popular due to the numerous flight destinations offered on the mainland and the Balearic and Canary Islands. In second and third place on the holiday hit list are Turkey and Italy, but Scandinavia and Austria are also proving popular this year.

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: “The range of destinations the people of Berlin and Brandenburg can choose from this year has never been greater. The airports are well prepared for the increase in air traffic. We aim to ensure that their holiday begins at the airport.”

Service tips for airline passengers

Berlin Airports advises passengers to contact their tour operator or airline for information before embarking on their journey: What items are allowed in hand luggage? What can be checked in with luggage? What is the baggage allowance?

To avoid stress, holidaymakers should arrive at the airport in good time and proceed straight to the security checkpoint immediately after check-in. This facilitates the handling process and avoids unnecessary waiting due to extensive security checks. Berlin Airports offers passengers in security areas ample opportunity to speed up the remaining time spent waiting.

Special regulations continue to apply for carrying liquids, such as creams, perfume, toothpaste, in hand luggage. Each person may only carry liquids in a resealable, transparent 1-litre plastic bag. Each liquid container inside the bag may not exceed a maximum volume of 100 millilitres. No restrictions for Travel Value & Duty Free purchases

All Travel Value & Duty Free goods will only be sold in the security area of the airport and are subject to repeated security checks. Passengers can take unlimited amounts of these products on board the aircraft as hand luggage, in line with the hand luggage restrictions imposed by the airlines. This also applies to all liquids such as perfume, cosmetics and spirits. In order to extend the security chain into the aircraft, purchases are handed to passengers at the cash desk of Travel Value & Duty Free shops in sealed bags.

Mobile flight schedule

Berlin Airports offers mobile phone and PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) users the live flight schedule as a mobile service. Besides arrival and departure times for each flight, information is available on terminals, check-in desks, arrival gates and airline contacts with the option of being directly connected. The mobile flight schedule is available at http://airport-ber.mobi.

More information

Current information, terminal plans and directions are available on the website of Berlin Airports at www.berlin-airport.de. Passengers can also obtain information by calling the airport hotline on +49 180 5000 168.

Experience BBI

The visitor centre of Berlin Airports, airportworld bbi, and the BBI Infotower will remain open throughout the school holidays. airportworld is open Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and the BBI Infotower is open every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All those interested are more than welcome to experience the BBI construction site up close on a guided bus tour. Construction site tours will continue to run as usual and can be booked online at www.berlin-airport.de or by calling +49 30 6091-2250 Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A day at the airport

Berlin Airports is running the popular holiday promotion “A day at the airport” this summer, too. From 12 July to 20 August 2010, children can experience Schoenefeld Airport and the BBI construction site up close. The holiday promotion is held weekdays between 9.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and can be booked by calling +49 30 6091-2257 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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