Germany: Terminal T2 is completed at BER, but will not open until summer

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Shortly before the opening of the capital’s airport BER, the second terminal was also ready. Despite the fact that the construction was completed on time, commissioning is only planned for next year. Cause – corona crisis.

Terminal 2 (T2) was completed in time for the capital’s BER airport’s scheduled opening on October 31, but due to low passenger numbers during the Corona crisis, it appears to be unnecessary. “Therefore, the FBB will probably not be bringing the T2 into service until the 2021 summer flight schedule,” said the head of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (FBB) Engelbert Lütke Daldrup on Friday. “This will save us half a million euros a month. When the number of passengers increases again, terminal T2 will be ready to work in a very short time. “

The construction of terminal T2 was carried out not by the airport company itself, but by the general contractor Zech Bau. Until recently, it was unclear whether the building, which is designed to handle about 6 million additional passengers a year, would be ready to open. Terminal T1 has a capacity of 27 million passengers per year. If the airport opened at full capacity without a second terminal, it would be cramped. Berlin airports handled about 35 million passengers last year. During the Corona crisis, that number plummeted.

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