Berlin Airports record “drastic slump” in March

Berlin Tegel, in busier times. (Photo: Günter Wicker / Berlin Airports)

Berlin’s airports have recorded “a drastic slump” in passenger numbers for March 2020. Across the whole month, the number of travellers using Tegel (IATA: TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) was by down by 64.7%. However, as in line with the rest of Europe, their number of passengers has continued to fall significantly over the last few days as the industry’s virtual shutdown continues due to the global corona pandemic.

Professor Dr-Ing, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg commented: “The impacts of the corona crisis on air traffic have got worse from week to week in March. The decline is currently at around 95% and that is at all German airports. Unfortunately, the current situation is not expected to improve in the coming weeks. The pandemic has virtually paralysed passenger flights. A recovery is not expected for several months.”

In March, Tegel Airport handled 693,451 passengers, which represents a fall of 64.8%, while Schönefeld had 341,429 passengers; 64.6% fewer than in the same month last year.

Flight movements fell less significantly than passenger numbers. A total of 12,979 aircraft took off and landed at both airports in March 2020, 46.5% fewer than in March 2019. This included 8,578 aircraft at Tegel, down 46.9% than in the same period last year, while Schönefeld had 4,401 aircraft movements (-45.7%).

The airports in the capital region handled a total of 5,567,225 passengers in the first quarter of 2020, which is 29.4% less than in the first quarter of 2019.

Freight transport declined comparatively slightly, down by 16.7% to 2,321 tonnes. This represents 1,201.8 tonnes at TXL and 1,119.2 tonnes at TXL).