Berlin Airports note upturn in passenger numbers

Photo: Berlin Tegel Airport by Günter Wicker / FBB.

Passenger numbers at Berlin’s airports rose significantly in June thanks to the easing of travel regulations. Schönefeld and Tegel Airports handled 167,891 passengers in June, three times as in in May (51,979 passengers).

Despite the positive development, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic means that the numbers for June 2020 represent only 5.1% of those recorded in June 2019 (3,261,495 passengers). Tegel handled 134,598 passengers, representing a decrease of 94% compared to June 2019, while 33,293 passengers travelled through Schönefeld, equivalent to a drop 96.7% compared to the same period last year.

Professor Dr-Ing Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg, commented: “June has seen many airlines slowly resuming their connections, especially within Europe. This trend is significantly increasing in July, meaning that 20% of the previous year’s level is now being achieved again. This is an important step towards a new normality. Over the next few weeks, it is essential that everyone consistently adheres to the comprehensive hygiene measures and precautions. We guarantee safe flight operations on the ground and want to continue to create confidence in safe travel.”

Due to the impact of the corona pandemic on air traffic, the passenger volume at Berlin’s airports in the first half of the year was 5,814,744 passengers, only a third of that for Jan-June 2019 (17,454,919 passengers).

The number of flight movements also increased in June with the start of summer travel and the airlines’ resumption of routes. The airports in the capital region recorded a total of 3,832 flight movements in June, which is down 85.1% in comparison to June 2019. 1,864 aircraft (down 89%) took off and landed at Tegel Airport while 1,968 aircraft used Schönefeld (down 77.4%).

The airport operator said cargo traffic remained at a stable level despite declining figures in comparison to June 2019. A total of 1,393 tonnes of air cargo were handled at Berlin airports’ cargo facilities, representing a drop of 52.9%.

Schönefeld recorded 1,303 tonnes of air cargo – a 2.7% increase in comparison to June 2019 – whereas Tegel only handled 90 tonnes of air cargo. A fall of 95.2%.