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→ 10 | Berlin Brandenburg Airport → Annual Report 2011 Prof Dr Rainer Schwarz, CEO Review 2011 Record year in SXF and TXL Interview with Prof Dr Rainer Schwarz, CEO 2011 was a record year for the Berlin Airports Schoenefeld and Tegel. What does this mean for the operational start-up of BER? Schwarz: This is a really important foundation for the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport, well above what had been projected in the planning – and we take a certain pride in the achievement. According to the business plan, we wanted to have 22 million passengers in the first year after start-up. Now we had more than 24 million in 2011 – a doubling of the number of passengers in the last ten years. This is one of the reasons why all of the airlines have begun to take up their positions at BER. In each of the past nine years, Berlin has realised better development than the average in the industry. What do you believe is the reason for this? Schwarz: There are three major factors. One of them is historical: we are still in the process of catching up with other West German cities which began with the fall of the Berlin Wall; this booming development did not begin until ten years ago. The second is the enormous attraction Berlin has

as a destination for tourists and business travellers; it is no coincidence that 50 per cent of all of the passengers are in-coming. And the third is clearly the orientation to the new airport. We are the only location in Germany where Lufthansa, airberlin and easyJet have equal shares as they woo the markets. This will continue to be a strong stimulus for business in the future. Our growth in the number of seats offered to the market here is 12 per cent – that is about the number of passengers which Leipzig and Dresden handle in a year. This is only the growth that is put on the market because of the new airport. What were the most important milestones in 2011? Schwarz: Once the Federal Administrative Court handed down its decision regarding night-time flights in autumn 2011, we had legal security in all areas. The airlines responded promptly: airberlin with its commitment to establish the new airport as an international hub, and Lufthansa with the greatest expansion programme the company has ever realised at an airport at one time. The airline will station an additional six aircraft here and offer flights to about 30 more destinations. easyJet has also joined in and generated growth of about 20 per cent in Berlin last year alone. What is the significance of the BER opening for air travel in Berlin? Schwarz: This is for us the leap from an infrastructure of the 1970s to an airport of the 21st century. And – you might say – a final piece of the puzzle in the reunification. In terms of infrastructure, I believe it finally concludes the reunification in Berlin and Brandenburg. This airport of the 21st century gives the German capital city region the opportunity for the first time to participate in global aviation and to do so in a way that is also expected of the capital cities of great industrialised nations. We now have a terminal featuring an infrastructure allowing transit traffic which was not at all possible in the past because of the separation between the airports. Annual Report 2011 � Berlin Brandenburg Airport | 11 � What will thrill the passengers at BER? Schwarz: To start with, the infrastructure itself; we see that in the reactions of the stand-ins taking part in the trials at the moment. Their wideeyed response as they come from the “United Smelters” we had in Tegel, these cramped doll houses, and enter a facility of spacious architecture. And we have a completely new functionality: on the underground level of the terminal, the intermodality of the transport means is realised in a way that has no equal in Germany. A railway station with lifts that take passengers straight up to the check-in areas. Plus a world of shopping and experiences over an area of 20,000 square metres resembling a marketplace, something Berlin has never had before. What is the greatest challenge for you in 2012? Schwarz: Three things: first, the completion of the construction work in time for the operational start-up on 3 June. Second, carrying out the operational trials so that all of the equipment is set up and the required employees have been trained to ensure that everything works smoothly when actual airport operations begin on 3/6. And third, the gigantic move when for the first time in history two airports move to one in a single night. The practical trials have revealed problems in the logistics that never occurred to us, and we have to find solutions to them. But I am completely confident: we are in a position to make this happen. What is the significance of the opening of a completely new airport for you and your work? Schwarz: This is a daunting challenge. From the logistics to the development of the market, the issue of commercial management in line with the budget and the questions of how we prepare the residents around the facility, how we protect the neighbours, how we achieve the desired results in the discussions about flight patterns and night-time flights – this is a highly complex field of activities we have to deal with. The opening of a brandnew facility naturally gives rise to substantially more issues than the management of an airport which is already in full operation. And everything takes place in the full glare of publicity, especially here in Berlin and Brandenburg, and quickly takes on a political dimension. What will you do on 04 June 2012? Schwarz: We will certainly not take off on a holiday right after successfully completing the move. At the beginning, and 4 June is a part of this phase, we will have to monitor closely all of the events to ensure that the equipment and the infrastructure as a whole function as intended in actual practice. The successful move is only the first stage.

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