The current need for social distancing and the associated COVID-19 hygiene regulations have forced the management team of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport (BER) to change its plans for facility trials that were due to begin on June 30.
Earlier this year, the airport issued an open invitation for volunteers to participate in tests that would establish the airport’s operational readiness as it prepares for its October 31 opening.
Approximately 20,000 people were accepted for the trials, but current rules have forced that number to be reduced to 9,000. The new test run dates have yet to be announced.
Professor Dr-Ing Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg, commented: “The corona pandemic not only poses new challenges for flight operations, but also for trial runs at BER. Health and safety are our main priority. This does not only apply to the test phase. Distancing and hygiene regulations in flight operations will probably be in place for a long time. Unfortunately, these conditions mean that we can only offer about half the planned volunteers the opportunity to get to know BER before it is commissioned. Nevertheless, we will ensure a sufficient test phase so that we can safely and reliably put BER into operation on 31 October”.
The airport said that all participants that were registered for the trial run have been notified of the changes by email. Their individual registrations have been cancelled and, to ensure that the remaining places are allocated as fairly as possible, the remaining dates with reduced places will be released for booking again later this month. To begin with, all participants who had a confirmed trial run day will be given the priority opportunity to re-register first. Those on the waiting lists will be given the next opportunity. General applications will only become available after those first two processes are complete.