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.
→ 38 | Berlin Brandenburg Airport → Annual Report 2011 01 Airport City at BER Interview Harald Siegle Vice-President Real Estate Management What significance does the Real Estate division have for the operation of the airport, and what duties and areas fall under its responsibility? Siegle: All of the owner responsibilities of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH – we own all of the property – are bundled in Real Estate Management. Moreover, we control the complete development of real estate properties, both those required for operations and those not necessary for operations, as well as asset and portfolio management. At the moment, we are putting the finishing touches on the operator concept for the new airport. We are one of three divisions of the airport which must generate income. Along with Aviation (the fees for take-off and landing) and Non Aviation (the income from retail, the marketing of advertising space and parking spaces), we provide the third source of income, the revenues from real property development and leasing. The operation of BER will mean about 50 per cent more floor space, and we will be managing more than one million square metres of gross floor area in the high-rise buildings. However, some of the buildings do not have a direct relationship to the airport. What were the most important achievements and projects in Real Estate Management in 2011? Siegle: We were able to bring all of the real estate development contracts we concluded in 2010 to a solid close. Whether leasing or development projects – we are within the budget and on schedule in every area. Moreover, we have completed a broad range of organisational preparations for the operational start-up of BER. The workforce in this division has been increased by 35 per cent for example. And we have laid the groundwork for a new investor project, a hotel, which we will now be putting on the market. What is the current status of progress in Airport City and Business Park? Siegle: We have the buildings in Airport City ready, on schedule and
within budget, for the BER opera- tional start-up on 3 June. We have completed our permits for Airport City and discussed them with the regulatory authorities; the setting of the degree of facility use was an important prerequisite for the further development of the project. We marketed two additional plots in Business Park last year, and construction is already under way on them. We have also secured the development of another section. We have a marketing status of 40 per cent in Business Park; this is an excellent value before BER has even opened. What is the strategic orientation of Real Estate Management at the new airport? Siegle: For one, we must provide support to assure that operational start-up at BER functions smoothly; that is our top priority. Moreover, projects will be handed over to us and we must establish their operators. In addition, we must optimise the management costs for all of the areas; this task is related to commercial factors. Annual Report 2011 � Berlin Brandenburg Airport | 39 � 02 Harald Siegle, Vice-President Real Estate Management The development concepts for the ten quarters we have must be concluded and the permits must be secured. What is the significance of the opening of a completely new airport for your division? Siegle: This is a tremendous challenge for everyone involved and requires the concentration of all of our efforts on this one task. Furthermore, we are supporting the shutdown of Tegel and negotiating with the city government concerning the terms and conditions for the return of the Tegel Airport premises. And – we are supporting the planning for the subsequent utilisation of Tegel. In addition, we have already prepared the planning for the subsequent use of the existing Schoenefeld Airport – everything parallel and simultaneously. What is your greatest challenge in 2012? Siegle: First and foremost, we will be optimising the operations of the new airport and eliminating rough spots in technical management. Only then we will take a look at commercial optimisation. The first priority is the technical functionality of the airport; its functioning with the best economic results is secondary. What will you do on 04 June 2012? Siegle: I will have little leisure time and not get much sleep on that day. We will all be involved in the operational start-up and stabilisation of the new facility and be giving a hand wherever needed.
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