On February 23, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH will close BER’s Terminal 5 (formerly Schönefeld Airport) for an initial period of one year. Passenger numbers worldwide have fallen drastically on account of the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning the expected volume of traffic can be handled entirely at Terminal 1 until further notice. The savings from concentrating air traffic to Terminal 1 amount to around 25 million euros for the year.
The new, fully completed and operational Terminal 2 will also not be put into operation for the time being. As soon as passenger numbers increase again, the handling capacities of Terminal 2 and subsequently Terminal 5 will gradually be reincorporated as is required.
SunExpress taking off from Terminal 1 as soon as 1 February
carried out. The first airline to move its passenger handling operations from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 will be SunExpress on February 1. On February 22, the final airline will leave Schönefeld, which will then temporarily end opera-tions in Terminal 5 and traffic will be concentrated exclusively in Terminal 1 for the time being. For the period up until February 23, Terminal 5 passengers are asked to check with their airline or on berlin-airport.de for possible changes to departures and arrivals.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “This year, the airport company must again assume that passenger numbers will remain far below the pre-crisis level. We assume that in 2021 we will be able to handle around 10 million passengers safely and comfortable in Terminal 1. This step reduces costs and expenses for the year by about 25 million euros. Terminal 5 will still be promptly available to us if the need arises. The dormant operation is organised in such a way that Terminal 5 can be up and running again within a few weeks when it is needed again.”
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg
Betriebsbereich Nord / Terminal 5