Press­ Release

Published: 03 September 2021, 02:35 PM

More than 1.43 million passengers in August at BER / Air traffic continued to grow – vaccination ensures safety

Summer tourist traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt increased again last month. A total of 1.43 million passengers passed through BER in August, around 180,000 more than in the holiday month of July 2021. A year ago, in the crisis month of August 2020, around 830,000 passengers were processed at the Schönefeld and Tegel airports; in August 2019 it was almost 3.2 million passengers. The aircraft load factor in August 2021 was 77 percent.

Last month around 12,700 aircraft movements were handled at BER, 1,100 more than in July 2021. In August 2020, around 9,600 aircraft took off and landed in Schönefeld or Tegel, in August 2019 that number was around 25,000 aircraft. In terms of air freight, around 2,150 tons of goods were handled last month, around 150 tons less than in July and around 500 tons more than in August 2020. In the pre-crisis month of August 2019 the same figure was around 3,100 tons.

The airport company has been using its two runways, alternating between them on a monthly basis, since April 2021. This ensures a more even distribution of aircraft noise. The southern runway was used in August. The attached chart shows the aircraft movements on the individual flight routes.

Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “The additional increase in the number of passengers is a positive sign, even if we are still a long way from achieving the results of 2019, before the crisis began. Vaccination, that has now been made available to many people, ensures added safety when planning a holiday and thus has also had a positive effect on demand for air travel. Despite the travel restrictions, which still vary a lot, passengers have regained confidence in the processes from check-in to baggage claim.”

The attached graphic shows the flight movements on the individual flight routes.


The August 2021 Traffic Report with the final figures is available online at the end of the month.

Traffic Report


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