Berlin Brandenburg opens southern runway

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The airport is now in full operation with the first landing of a Qatar Airways flight

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) has opened its southern runway.

Qatar Airways flight QR81 from Doha was the first to land on the new airstrip, meaning that the airport is now fully in operation.

Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, was “honoured to inaugurate the southern runway” and also extremely happy that the opening coincided with Qatar Airways 15th anniversary of launching flights to Berlin.

This opening also marks the start of the night flying restrictions at BER, as well as Tegel Airport’s six-month deadline until it closes.

The night flying restrictions mean that regular scheduled flights are unable to operate between the hours of 12am and 5am. This also means that only a maximum quota of movements during the off-peak hours from 10pm to midnight and 5am to 6am are allowed.

Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen BER, said: “The commissioning of the runway is especially significant with a view to the expansion of the intercontinental network, because in addition to a new terminal, we now also have the appropriate infrastructure to handle long-haul connections on a larger scale.”

All passenger aircraft already in service at BER are able to stay in operation, including the Airbus A350-900 which ran the Qatar Airways flight.