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Green light given for government terminal at Berlin Brandenburg

The German federal government has come to an agreement with airport operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB) about the building of a new government terminal at the under-construction Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

Issues pertaining to the necessary site clearance, including complex cable routing measures for the future government terminal – at the expense of the federal government – were among the subjects determined in the recent agreement which gave the terminal the green light. These works, which are due for completion between 2020 and 2021, are the main pre-requisite for the land transfer to the federal government for the government terminal at the end of 2021.

The new government terminal will include a reception area for state visits and an administrative building, as well as several hangars with their respective aircraft operation areas and outdoor facilities. The future location of the officially approved government terminal lies in the northern part of what is currently Schönefeld Airport.

Beyond the site clearance, the framework agreement also determines the possibility for FBB to take up a 25-meter wide strip of the site in order to continue operations at Terminals C, D1 and D2 at Schönefeld Airport until the end of 2025.

As a result, up to 10 million passengers can further be handled at Schönefeld until 2025. In combination with the first expansion measures at Berlin Brandenburg (Terminal 1E and extension of the baggage-handling system), a capacity of 43 million passengers will be available by 2021.

Prof. Dr Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, chief executive officer, FBB, said, “The framework agreement with the federal government is a solution that is beneficial for both sides. With this agreement, we are able to secure important levels of capacity at Schönefeld Airport through a traffic-oriented airside connection of three terminals within a 25-meter corridor by the end of 2025. This, in turn, will facilitate the gradual expansion of the BER (Berlin Brandenburg Airport) site.”

Written by Helen Norman

September 12, 2017


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