SXF becomes BER ahead of airport opening

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Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport (SXF) has been officially converted into Brandenburg (BER) Terminal 5

Schönefeld’s three-letter code SXF has been replaced by BER in airline reservation systems ahead of facility’s highly anticipated inauguration this coming Saturday (Oct 31). Existing facilities at SXF will continue to operate as BER Terminal 5.

Yesterday (October 25), a gathering of political and business representatives from the surrounding area took place. The lettering that was situated on the roof of the terminal building was handed over to the town of Schönefeld and the new “BER Terminal 5” markings were officially inaugurated.

Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg, believes the transformation of SXF will play an important role in the merge: “The modernised SXF terminals have been given a new lease of life. As BER Terminal 5, the completely renovated Schönefeld Airport will ensure the necessary additional capacities for the next few years to reliably handle flight operations at BER.”

A total of 17 airlines will operate from Terminal 5 when it opens, including Ryanair and Wizz Air. Passengers will be able to fly from the new terminal in the north of the airport, or Terminals 1 and 2 in the midfield.

The new addition has had a complete renovation, with signage designed to fit in with the BER look. Sections within the terminal were also renamed to K, L, M and Q at the end of March so that duplicate names would not be used at BER.

According to the airport, Terminal 5 should have the capacity to handle up to 10 million passengers a year.

Alongside the opening of BER, travellers can now gain access by train. A rail station has opened at BER Terminal 1-2, allowing the airport to be well connected for convenient travel.

The new facility comprises three platforms and is designed to handle up to 125,000 passengers a day.