Passenger numbers at BER slump to new low

Due to lockdown measures, less than 150,000 customers passed through the airport last month

The pandemic is still causing detrimental damage to passenger traffic, as Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) experienced yet another decline last month.

A total of 146,945 passengers were handled at the facility throughout February – 60,000 fewer than the month before. Overall, passenger traffic seen in February this year stands at less than 7% of the level seen at the same time in 2020.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Photo Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Last month, around 3,000 aircraft departed and landed at BER. Almost 20,000 air movements were recorded in February of last year at Schonefield and Tegel Airports – a decline of almost 85%.

“The massive decline in passenger numbers has reached a new low at all German airports,” said Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg. “The extensive quarantine regulations, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought flight operations to an almost complete standstill. But people want to fly, they long for holidays and want to book them. But these dreams can only come true when there is more safety when travelling. An effective vaccination and testing strategy is urgently needed for this.”

Air freight hasn’t taken such a big hit compared with passenger numbers. Last month, around 1,530 tonnes of cargo was moved, a 43% drop compared with figures from 2020.