FBB’s supervisory board discusses the firm’s future

As air traffic is expected to increase later on in the year, decisions were made regarding the company’s plans post-Covid-19 

Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s (FBB) supervisory board has made decisions regarding the development of its infrastructure and current financial situation.  

The number of passengers passing through the airport has increased since April compared with the first quarter of 2021. However, due to the suppressed demand in the first three months of this year, operating income remained low. 

Berlin Brandenburg Airport
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Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of BER, commented: “Air traffic is picking up again. We already had over 20,000 passengers at the start of June. But we’re still a long way from normality. 

“Falling numbers of infections however, as well as the increasing number of COVID-19 vaccinations and the associated easing of travel are making things safer: more people are now fulfilling their vacation dreams. We’re expecting up to 50,000 passengers a day over the summer.” 

It has been speculated by management of the board that recovery will be weaker than expected because of the third lockdown.  

Due to its stakeholders, FBB has been able to secure liquidity for this year. 

However, the future is still uncertain as plans for post-Covid-19 recovery were discussed. This involved conversations surrounding operating processes, business development, corporate culture and digitisation.  

The supervisory board approved the construction of a new logistics tunnel to connect the hangars and the ILA site. This is reportedly essential for smooth passenger traffic once operations fully resume.  

Around €43m (£37m) has been put aside for the project, which should be completed by 2024.  

“Despite all the current and urgent problems besetting BER in terms of passenger numbers and its finances, our future course must still be set,” said Rainer Bretschneider, chairman of the supervisory board of FBB. “We are addressing these issues by restructuring our team and focussing intensively on the future to build on the solid foundations of the past. I am confident that FBB can excel in this regard.” 

Within the meeting, the committee also elected Jorg Simon – succeeding Rainer Bretschneider – as the new chairman effective from July 1.