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.

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→ 12 | Berlin Brandenburg Airport → Annual Report 2011 „When it opens, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be the largest employer in the region, providing jobs for about 20,000 people.“ Dr Manfred A. Körtgen, COO BER 2011 Milestones Interview with Dr Manfred A. Körtgen, COO What were the most important milestones on the BER construction site in 2011? Körtgen: I would say above all the completion of construction on the airside transport facilities such as the apron areas, taxiways and runways. For all intents and purposes, the new 4,000-metre runway is now available for use in aviation – even though not one single aircraft has ever landed there because of the planning stipulation decision. This was overall a challenge because these facilities represent one package worth hundreds of millions in investments. Naturally the commencement of the expansion work for all of the buildings was a milestone. After all, we are building a new small city on an area of 1,500 hectares – besides the terminal, the so-called operation-specific buildings for ground transport services or technical maintenance, for example, are very important. In addition, the infrastructural connection was at the focal point in 2011 – the completion of the motorway and the railway connection, for instance. What is the current status of the work? Is everything on schedule as you see it? Körtgen: We are focused on 3 June. Of course there are still challenges to be mastered at some places such as the central building control and programming. But all in all, we are on schedule. Naturally there will be some follow-up work to be done, but don’t worry – this will not affect passengers in any way. Didn’t the additional half-year to operational start-up give you a little breathing room? Körtgen: On the contrary, it had the disadvantage that we had to catch up. An important planner for the technical facility equipment did not perform the services he was supposed to provide. In other words, we had to do some subsequent improvement. In addition, the EU adopted new control regulations for liquids. We immediately took them into consideration for the new airport, but had to adjust plans for 40,000 square metres. So these six months were not really extra time.

What feedback are you getting from employees and stand-ins about the trials now going on? Körtgen: Now that we have prepared employees for their workplaces during training sessions and in the course of the operational trials, they are displaying genuine enthusiasm for BER. After all, being a part of the operational start-up of a new airport is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most. Curiosity and interest in seeing the new terminal are great among our volunteer airport testers from Berlin and Brandenburg, and the feedback so far has been very positive. Interest remains high even after months have passed. And – we also need the feedback from the stand-ins: what they think is good, what they think is not so good. One example is the readability of certain signs. We immediately look into any complaints. What effect will BER have as an economic engine for the Berlin-Brandenburg region? Körtgen: We were able to award more than 60 per cent of the construction contracts to companies in the region. Dr Manfred A. Körtgen, COO Annual Report 2011 � Berlin Brandenburg Airport | 13 � So BER was an economic motor for an up and coming region right from the construction phase. The construction of the airport is an enormous boost for the economic strength of the capital city region – and will continue to have this effect in the future. In recent years, about two new jobs have been created every day at the airport alone. When it opens, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be the largest employer in the region, providing jobs for about 20,000 people. What is the greatest challenge in 2012 for you? Körtgen: 3 June! First and foremost, of course, is the operational start-up. And then we have to make sure we can provide stable operation. The June calendar includes a medical congress, the start of the football European Championship in Poland and Ukraine and the start of the summer holiday season. All of these events will have to be mastered as soon as the airport has opened. What is the significance of the opening of a completely new airport for you and your work? Körtgen: The once-in-a-lifetime experience of building a new airport from the ground up – that is an enormous task and a part of a person’s life’s work. My experience from the new construction of the Düsseldorf airport was the basis for my assuming overall responsibility for the largest airport project in Europe in 2004. It is of course a great challenge to ensure that everything we have planned and built also functions. I am by nature an optimist; you can’t carry out projects like this if you aren’t. But it is also clear that there will be some “teething problems” which we will have to take care of by working together. What will you do on 04 June 2012? Körtgen: I will take a really deep breath and really enjoy the day after the tumultuous opening when everything works the way we imagined it.

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