From the congested Berlin’s Tegel airport in the past year, so many people are traveling like never before. With 22 million passengers, the previous record year of 2016 has been exceeded, according to the operator of the well to 700,000. The city centre, close to the airport is supposed to close in 2012, but it needs to hold out longer, because the opening of the future capital airport BER in Schoenefeld, since 2011.

the growth trend of The capital city airports is unbroken, said Airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup. In 2017, the passenger had fallen numbers in Tegel, after Air Berlin had logged in as the largest local airline insolvency. Meanwhile, Easyjet , eurowings, Lauda motion and others have filled the gap.

Lütke Dadrup contradicted assumptions, the BER is not sufficient for the growing passenger numbers. “On the BER, we start with a capacity of 22 to 27 million passengers in the main terminal and a further six million in Terminal 2.”

The new airport should be in 2020 in operation, Tegel closes, at the latest, a year and a half later. The existing schönefeld airport, but there is still five years in operation. The number of passengers declined slightly last year, from 12.9 to 12.7 million, so that the two Berlin airports recorded a total of 34.7 million passengers.

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