Die Flughafengesellschaft FBB betreibt den Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER) mit seinen drei Terminals. Berlin ist der drittgrößte Flughafenstandort in Deutschland; gemessen an den ankommenden und abfliegenden Passagieren (ohne Umsteiger) sogar der größte. Die Flughäfen Schönefeld und Tegel fertigten im Jahr 2019, vor der Coronavirus-Pandemie, rund 35,65 Millionen Passagiere ab. Für das Jahr 2020 rechnet die Flughafengesellschaft mit insgesamt rund neun Millionen Passagieren.
The airport company Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) operates Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) with its three terminals. Berlin is the third biggest airport location in Germany and ranks first in terms of origin and destination traffic (not counting connecting passengers). In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, the airports in Schönefeld and Tegel handled around 35.65 million passengers. For 2020, the airport company expects a total of around nine million passengers.
Noise protection programme for the Capital Airport BBI As the Capital Airport BBI is being built, Berlin Airports is also implementing a comprehensive noise protection programme for the local residents in the area around the new airport. A budget of ¤ 140 million has been allocated for the scheme. To inform all local residents about the noise protection programme, Berlin Airports distributed a free brochure containing full details of the scheme to all households in the airport area. Berlin Airports is also committed to seeking direct and personal contact with all those affected and answering all questions in local consultation sessions in the communities, on BBI Infobus tours and at airportworld bbi. Owners of properties within the designated protection zones are eligible for the installation of noise protection or reimbursement of the cost of such measures. Noise protection will be fitted to public buildings, such as kindergartens, schools, old people’s homes and hospitals, as well as residential buildings. In 2009, Berlin Airports started rolling out the noise protection programme for private households in the area around the new airport. Around half of all households in the vicinity of the airport entitled to grants under the scheme have applied for noise protection measures. All applications received by 30 November 2010 will be processed and the necessary noise protection installed before the airport opens. Local residents can apply for noise protection until 2016, a good five years after BBI opens for business. The supplementary planning order “Noise Protection at BBI” was issued in October 2009. In it the planning approval authorities in the Brandenburg Ministry for Infrastructure ruled on night flights and passive noise protection for the residents in the area around the new BBI. Prior to this order, on 16 March 2006 the Federal Administrative Court gave final authorisation for Schoenefeld Airport to be expanded into BBI and stipulated a supplementary planning procedure for noise protection. Berlin Airports will be informing all residents about any changes resulting from the supplementary planning order “Noise Protection at BBI” and continue to swiftly implement the noise protection programme. Active support for the region Berlin Airports is a committed partner of the local sports clubs, cultural associations and social institutions such as schools and kindergartens. The primary focus is on supporting children and young people in the area. The majority of funding goes to regional sports clubs and associations, where the donations are used to keep membership fees as low as possible. Around 50 per cent of the sponsorship projects and donations go to the state of Brandenburg, mainly the districts Dahme-Spreewald and Teltow- Fläming. The city of Berlin benefits from the other 50 per cent, with the district of Treptow-Köpenick receiving the majority. 41
Dialogue How to get in touch with us “Which airline flies to New York? Can I visit the BBI construction site? How far is the airport from the city centre?” The friendly staff at the airport will be more than happy to provide answers to these and any other questions you may have. Berlin Airports offers a wide range of information services, including a helpline for general airport enquiries, the visitors’ centre at airportworld bbi and BBI construction site tours. Construction site marketing A site the size of 2,000 football pitches, busy diggers and thousands of workers – the BBI construction site is currently the biggest and certainly the most exciting in the Berlin region, as well as being Europe’s largest airport construction site. Under the motto “We build, you watch”, Berlin Airports welcomes visitors to the site. You can also follow the progress at the site from the comfort of your own home – with the webcam and construction site diary. For more details, visit www.berlin-airport.de. 42 Construction Site and Airport Experience tours To allow visitors to watch the progress at the site first hand, Berlin Airports offers guided bus tours across the site. Aviation fans can take a guided tour behind the scenes at Schoenefeld Airport. Both tours conclude with a visit to the BBI Infotower. The two-hour tours must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling +49 30 6091-2250 or directly online at www.berlin-airport.de. The construction site tour costs ¤ 10 per person, ¤ 5 for concessions. Details of group prices can be found on the website. BBI Infotower The 32-metre high tower offers a stunning panoramic view across the airport building site. The information pavilion at the foot of the tower provides a wealth of additional information about the new BBI Airport. Opening hours: (advance booking is not required, daily) in the winter between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the summer between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The observation platform can be reached via a spiral staircase or the lift. Admission is ¤ 2 and ¤ 1 for children (up to 14 years). airportworld bbi airportworld bbi provides a wide range of information and entertainment for visitors, business partners, passengers and neighbours of Berlin Airports. Offerings include films and presentations on aviation in Berlin and Brandenburg, the Berlin Airports visitor service, expert information and advice on the expansion of Schoenefeld Airport into BBI, and current vacancies on the BBI job market. The package is complemented by a series of changing exhibitions and a conference centre for small groups. Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. airportworld bbi Berlin Airports’ Visitor Centre Schoenefeld Airport D-12521 Berlin Phone +49 30 6091-2070 Fax +49 30 6091-2071