Berlin-Brandenburg Airport recorded a further decline in January 2021. In a direct comparison with the same month last year - at that time Tegel and Schönefeld were added together - around 91 percent fewer passengers were handled.
BER counted a total of 2021 passengers in January 207.620. That is around 57.000 fewer than in December 2020. The number of flight movements was reduced to around 4.000 take-offs and landings. For comparison: Schönefeld and Tegel had around 2020 movements together in January 20.000. As a result, usage fell by around 80 percent.
“The renewed lockdown has further depressed the already low demand for air travel and has led to another drastic drop in traffic at all German airports. The dramatic economic situation will only gradually change when enough vaccines are widely available. However, especially in times of crisis, we are ready as a reliable partner to ensure that the capital region is supplied with essential goods, ”says BER boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup.
The slumps in air freight are less dramatic. In January 2021, around 1.703 tons of air freight were moved. This number is at the level of the past few months. Compared to January last year, freight traffic has decreased by around 35 percent.
Due to the low usage, Berlin-Brandenburg Airport will temporarily only use Terminal 1. The ex-Schönefeld buildings, which are referred to as Terminal 5, are supposed to Be taken offline for at least one year in mid-February 2021. Terminal 2, which is located to the right of Terminal 1, remains closed. To be precise: T2 has not even opened yet.