The airport attributes the boost to the summer holiday travel boom
Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport (BER) exceeded passenger numbers of one million for the first time in July.
Last month, around 1.25 million travelers took off from and landed at BER, nearly doubling figures from previous months.
One key reason for this increase is the start of the summer holidays in region. This, combined with the easing of travel restrictions, meant airlines increased capacity in recent months. Some new carriers also took off from BER for the first time, adding to passenger numbers further.
A year prior to this, during July 2020, former Schönefeld and Tegel airports handled around 700,000 passengers compared with around 3.4 million in July 2019.
Capacity of aircraft also saw positive increases, with an average of around 75% in July 2021.
There were more than 11,500 flight movements at the site in July, 4,000 more than in June. Only around 8,250 fights took off from and landed in Schönefeld or Tegel in July last year, against some 25,700 movements in July 2019.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg said: “The considerable increase in passenger numbers during the summer holidays is an indication that despite the Coronavirus pandemic, people are longing to get away on holiday and don’t want to miss out on that.
“Business travel is also slowly picking up again. This makes us optimistic for the future, even if we are still a long way from achieving the results of the pre-crisis year 2019. Certainty in terms of travel will increase only with a sustained further uptake in vaccinations. That will increase mobility, make planning for holidays easier, ultimately promoting greater rest and relaxation.”
As for air cargo, around 2,300 tonnes of goods were processed in July, just over 100 tonnes more than in the previous month. This is compared with around 3,200 tonnes in the pre-crisis month of July 2019.