27 SEPTEMBER 2021
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The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has been chosen by easyJet for its first engineering base outside the United Kingdom. It is also the largest operator at the airport.
Work commenced last week with a ceremonial ground-breaking.
Covering total area of 19,600m² the site is southwest of Terminal 1 and should be operational by the beginning of 2023.
The 10,000m² main hangar will be able to take four aircraft up to the size of the Airbus A321neo at the same time. Unlike competitor Wizz Air most of easyJet’s engineering is undertaken in-house which explains the discrepancy in staff numbers. The plan is to introduce light base maintenance at BER from early 2023.
The total investment of circa €20m is being financed with rental payments by the airline to the airport operating company. The construction design, superstructure of the hangar and the technical installations are the responsibility of easyJet.
Stephan Erler, Country Manager Germany, easyJet, comments: “Today’s first cut of the spade is an important milestone for our commitment in the Capital Region of Berlin-Brandenburg and I am very pleased that, after 17 years of constant commitment, we, with the commencement of construction work on our new maintenance hangar, have now been able to take the next strategic step towards the future of our base at BER airport.”
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