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Further progress on the way to commissioning BER

July 15, 2020 Airport No Comments Email Email

The impacts of the corona pandemic on flight operations and the further preparations for commissioning BER were the main topics of the Supervisory Board meeting on 10th July. In light of the further increase in air traffic in the next few weeks, airport boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup provided information about all hygiene measures taken by FBB at Schönefeld and Tegel Airports to make handling as safe as possible and to avoid capacity bottlenecks. The Supervisory Board supported the technical and organisational protective measures in the terminals, which were implemented very quickly.

Furthermore, the Management Board reported that an extensive savings programme is being put into practice to reduce FBB’s corona-related lost turnover. A recruitment freeze was issued and about 50 percent of employees are on short-time work. Many operating expenses were reduced to the bare essentials and investments were postponed.

Commissioning-relevant construction work, notably on the aprons, in Terminal T5 (Schönefeld) and in Terminal T2, is still going according to plan despite the corona crisis. Shop and restaurant development in Terminal T1 will continue. About 20 rental spaces have already been completed. The Federal Police service building is almost finished and will be handed over at the end of July. Moreover, the updated schedule of charges for BER has been approved and published by the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Planning. This means that air traffic revenue at BER will be approximately 40-50 percent higher than at the existing airports.

The Supervisory Board was informed in detail about the progress of the trial run, which has been adapted because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase of training with the process partners is complete. Volunteer testers have also been taking part as planned since July. The ORAT team reported that the trial run is going well and is making an important contribution to practising processes. The postponed fire and evacuation drill will take place in August.

Rainer Bretschneider, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “Employees and partners of the airport company have consistently maintained flight operations in recent weeks despite difficult conditions. This relates to the implementation of hygiene measures at Tegel and Schönefeld Airports as well as further preparations for opening BER. I would like to say thank you for this and I can look to the future with confidence.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “Despite the corona pandemic, the opening date for commissioning BER on 31 October 2020 is ensured. We have reached further important milestones in the last few weeks. The trial run is going smoothly and the technical infrastructure is stable. This is a further sign that we are well on the way to turning the structurally signed off building into a functioning airport.”

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