5 OCTOBER 2020


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Article from BTNews 5 OCTOBER 2020

Berlin nearly ready – details

EasyJet (U2), together with Lufthansa (LH) will officially inaugurate Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt International Airport (BER) on Saturday 30 October with arrivals on parallel runways by easyJet and Lufthansa symbolising the two major carriers at the airport.

Services are due to begin the next day, but for practical purposes U2 will continue with its normal Schönefeld T5 operation but with the airport designator now BER instead of SFX (from 25 October).   

After a long series of legal wrangling work actually started in September 2006 with a completion date set for October 2011.  Technical and legal problems followed.

BER is three terminals.  T1 – the prestige international entry for Berlin; T2 – (completed but not now due to open until summer 2021, due to a drop in demand because of Covid-19); and the original Schönefeld, the East Berlin international airport.  

On 8 November Berlin Tegel will close with a symbolic Air France flight, the airport built in 1947 by France in support of the blockade.

At T1 the railway station is underground at level U2 with the Airport Express taking 30min to Berlin Hauptbahnhof central station.  The S9 and S45 S-Bahn lines operate through T5.

Noise abatement regulations in the airport's operating licence mean no take-offs or landings are allowed between midnight and 05:00.

The total cost of the project is now put at €7.3bn. The original estimated was €2bn.


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Fred Smith, West Ham

I for one will not miss Tegel but as a Berlin regular the best times were when you could fly on a 146 from London City Airport to Tempelhof . Conti-Flug was the airline and the plane went on to Venice. Sad about Air Berlin conceived with BER in mind, regardless of the name.