BER supervisory board discusses post-pandemic future

The operator expects challenging times ahead despite recent passenger numbers boost 

Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s supervisory board met to discuss a post COVID-19 business plan. 

The meeting came after traffic figures continued to grow throughout the summer season.  

So far, the busiest day was September 17, where more than 60,000 passengers passed through the facility. This level of usage is expected to remain until the end of October.  

Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Photo Berlin Brandenburg Airport

“At long last, normality is returning step by step, even if it is the case that the winter, due to Corona, will be difficult once more. It is now a matter of optimising the terminal and its processes in a target-oriented way so that the BER, with further increasing traffic volumes, will function even better than it is doing already,” said Engelburt Lutke Daldrup, chief executive officer of FBB. “I am convinced that the BER, in the future will do justice to the expectations that the capital region has of it. To have contributed to guiding the BER onto this path is the highlight of my professional career.” 

Aletta Von Massenbach, chief financial officer of FBB, added: “The increasing passenger figures represent a fundamentally encouraging development. They do, however, present challenges to the airport, particularly under Corona conditions. Making the processes connected with departures and arrivals still more smooth and reliable is one of our most important tasks along the long road towards making the BER an economic success.” 

The board also discussed the complexities of integrating the vaccination and test certificates into the clearance procedures. These factors slowed down processes and passengers became critical of the new methods.  

To overcome this issue, it was suggested that additional signage should be placed around the hub, whilst also increasing communications with the German Federal Police and intensifying cleaning measures.  

In terms of the economic impact, the operating company reassured the board that FBB’s liquidity is stable until February 2022. They also reiterated that only necessary spending on operations will continue.  

“In order to ease the tense financial situation of FBB, it will remain necessary to exercise strict expenditure control whilst at the same time continuing to develop the company further,” Jorg Simon, chairman of the supervisory board of FBB, explained. “The Supervisory Board, at its January conclave, will be concerning itself intensively with the corporate strategy, which will give orientation during the recovery phase and establish the BER as a strong international airport for the capital region.”