Berlin Brandenburg finally opens

Airport finally opens 9 years late

In 2016 I was IATA’s project manager for CUSS in Europe, Africa and the Americas. One day I was visited in Geneva by some consultants from a major consultancy working on the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER).

They wanted to talk about CUSS for the new airport. I asked when it was due to open and they said 2011 was the planned date.

Since then it has been delayed for many years for multiple reasons.

It is wonderful to finally write that Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally really is open.

The new terminal was opened on 31 October with the arrival of the first two aircraft operated by easyJet and Lufthansa. 

On Sunday, 1 November 2020, regular operations began at Terminal 1 of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) with the first commercial departures.

The first departure was an easyJet aircraft for London Gatwick. In the course of the day, a total of 23 flights departed from the new Terminal 1.

This was the first of three steps in the opening:

In step two, airlines including Eurowings and Vueling will move to BER Terminal 1 on 4 November 2020.

In step three, more airlines, including in particular Lufthansa with Austrian, Swiss, and Brussels Airlines, will move in

Berlin Tegel Airport will close on 8 November.

N.B. Image credit: Berlin Brandenburg

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