The facility is set to provide maintenance operations for the entire fleet at the German hub, with plans to begin construction later this year
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB) has signed a lease agreement with easyJet to build a new maintenance hangar for its European fleet at BER.
Construction work on the facility is expected to begin in autumn this year if it passes the approval process and hopes to be fully operational by the beginning of 2023.
The base will easyJet’s first hangar outside of the UK.
The site is set to provide space to work on four aircraft at one time that are up to the size of the Airbus A321.
Last summer, the airline had already opened its first line maintenance station at BER, where work is carried out during ongoing operations and on the apron. Therefore, the next step for the company is to construct the hangar to provide more services to the European easyJet fleet.
According to both the airport and airline, the new facility plans to add importance to its network, create local jobs and strengthen the economy within the region.
“EasyJet's decision to make a major investment at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport is a clear sign that BER is an attractive location for strong international brands in the aviation industry,” said Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of FBB. “The choice is also a clear signal for the region, as it shows how attractive the business location is for foreign investors. We are very pleased that easyJet has chosen Germany and BER for its first maintenance hangar outside the UK. We thank our partner easyJet for the great confidence it has shown in our site and the associated appreciation of our long-standing collaboration.”
Stephan Erler, easyJet’s country manager for Germany, added: “After 17 years of consistent commitment, we remain connected to the capital region as a home base carrier. The investment in our first continental European hangar underlines the strategic importance of our base for the easyJet network and the close cooperation with the airport company Berlin Brandenburg. Having already opened our maintenance station in 2020, the construction of the hangar is now the logical next step and a sign of the future viability of our location at BER.”
Since 2004, the carrier has operated its aircraft from BER and has become close partners with FBB. The new base is expected to enhance connectivity to the region, as well as countries incorporated in easyJet’s route network.