The CEO of Berlin Brandenburg operator FBB reassured attendees at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) World Aviation Outlook Summit in Berlin on 27–28 November that Terminal 1 of the long-delayed airport will open in October 2020, with Terminal 2 in 2022.
Engelbert Luetke Daldrup acknowledged that the troubles plaguing the project to date have become “a topic of conversation around the world”, but he insisted that the plans to open in 2020 are fixed.
“We are on a stable path,” he said. “We have now a really reliable and secure timetable external experts help us.”
The plan for Brandenburg includes modernisation of the passenger experience with advanced screening, check-in, and baggage-handling systems.
“It will become an example for customer initiatives at all stages of the passenger journey, developed concurrently between the airport and the stakeholders,” Daldrup said.
Growth continues at a rapid clip at the two airports currently serving Berlin (Schönefeld and Tegel), Daldrup said. “The bankruptcy of airberlin resulted in a major change to the market share of our airports, but it also opened new market opportunities.”
He added that Berlin, as a major European capital, needs direct long-haul flights. “There might be more important airports in Germany, but no destination is more important than the capital,” Daldrup said. “25% of all passengers coming to Germany want to go to Berlin.”
Therefore, FBB is appealing to airlines around the world to set up direct service to Brandenburg, in anticipation of its long-awaited opening. “The new infrastructure of [the new airport] will be able to handle these long-haul flights very efficiently; especially routes to Asia and North America but also further routes to Africa and Middle East. All airlines are invited to work with us,” Daldrup said.
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