4 | Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH Editorial Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, The year 2019 has once again demonstrated the importance of our airports for the capital region. For the ninth time in a row, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH posted a passenger record. This was the basis for a successful fiscal year for the Airport Company and many companies in the immediate vicinity of our airports. These good figures are the result of the dedicated work of the employees of the Airport Company, the airlines and all other partners who work together with us on flight operations. On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board I would like to thank them for their commitment. During 2019, work towards the completion of BER progressed as planned. The most important building permits have been issued. In addition, with the acquisition of ECA, the owner of the exhibition site for the ILA (international aviation and space fair), FBB has laid the foundations for securing the aviation exhibition at the site. Furthermore, since the Supervisory Board at the end of November 2019 approved 31 October 2020 as the opening date, there is a date for preparations for the launch of BER to be targeted to. In view of the situation in which the Airport Company finds itself due to the global corona pandemic, the figures in this annual report seem to come from a different, more intact world. The economic impact of the pandemic on the Airport Company will certainly be reflected in the next annual reports. What is also certain, however, is that the capital region will continue to be at least as dependent on an efficient airport infrastructure in the future as it has been in the past. We feel certain also that we will successfully master this task. Rainer Bretschneider Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH These good figures are the result of the dedicated work of the employees of the Airport Company, the airlines and all other partners.
Editorial | 5 Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, In 2019, the aviation industry was characterised by a weaker global economy and fierce competition among airlines. Despite these difficult conditions, we had more passengers in 2019 than ever before. From January to December 2019, around 35.65 million passengers were served in Schönefeld and Tegel. This is an increase of 2.6 % from last year. Our growth was thus higher than the average of all German airports. With the airports TXL and SXF, the capital region was the third largest airport location in Germany. We had more people entering and leaving the airport than any other German airport. The employees of the Airport Company, the airlines and all our partners have made considerable achievements. They deserve my special thanks and respect. In the past year, many important structural hurdles were overcome on the way to the commissioning of the passenger terminal. The TÜV testing agency successfully carried out operating principle tests of the safety and fire protection systems at Terminal T1. We were thus able to achieve a central milestone on the way to commissioning, which we have been working towards for years. The dedicated work of all those involved in the construction and their firm determination to finally achieve the structural completion of BER laid the foundation for us to obtain the building authorities' approval for use at the end of April this year. Terminal T1 is now a finished building that has given final approval by the authorities. The time of construction is over. Now it's time to get flying! At BER Terminal T2, which is directly connected to Terminal T1, we were able to celebrate the topping-out ceremony in summer 2019. Right next door, the construction of the new Federal Police building began on schedule in the autumn. At Schönefeld Airport, too, important construction projects were brought forward so that the terminal buildings can continue to be used after BER goes into operation. Among other things, Pier 3a was put back into operation in November 2019 following a fundamental reconstruction. In spite of the current extensive shutdown at our airports, everything we achieved in 2019 in terms of operations and construction is by no means in vain. In 2019, the Airport Company once again proved to be one of the driving forces behind the economic development of the capital region. We will continue to fulfil this function in the future under the completely changed conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the recovery phase after the pandemic, the capacity of BER will become a locational advantage for the entire region. BER makes the region even more accessible for business and tourism. The Management Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup CEO