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.
32 In the Land of XL and XXXXL airberlin: From Berlin to America. America is the country that invented XXXL. But even in the USA, size is relative. Travellers notice that at the latest when they are standing on the railing of the ferry to the Statue of Liberty holding a “Double Gulp” (about 1.5 liters) soft drink in their hands. While the Statue of Liberty, at 92.99 meters, is the largest sculpture in the world, it is to some extent due to the base on which it stands that it seems so gigantic. Now the cola aquarium in my hand. But size is what matters in the USA. That becomes apparent when you notice that it is not just a country, but an entire continent (my apologies to Canadians!). It is only right that the name “United States of America” describes the combination of states that they are. They are not only a conglomerate of people with a multiplicity of origins, but they are a country with a multiplicity of landscapes, climates and creatures. The busy business of New York, with its hot summers and cold winters, its legendary Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue and its 365-days-ayear joggers in Central Park is only one piece of the continental puzzle that one can easily discover with the direct connections from Berlin with airberlin. After all, the Oneworld alliance connects Berlin with a variety of destinations on the American continent. As of March 2013, for instance, a non-stop connection from Berlin to Chicago in nine hours will begin. The approach is absolutely spectacular. The skyline of the USA’s third largest city on the banks of Lake Michigan includes astonishing skyscrapers like the Sears Tower by Mies van der Rohe and the Hancock Center, both with amazing views of the city with its numerous green parks. In summer it can get really hot on Lake Michigan, but when it is winter here in Germany, then we tend to prefer Southern California, for instance, Los Angeles. It is nearly impossible to explore the whole place. One tip is Venice Beach which you could describe as the soul of the city. The excitement of Gate 67 The English Pages the beach on Ocean Front Walk brings to mind a circus with jugglers, acrobats, tarot card readers, percussion groups, street ball players and glistening muscles. But the traditional European winter refugee still seeks solace in Miami. Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” for good reasons; the temperatures seldom fall below 15 degrees Celsius even in December. And Miami has managed to combine art business and swimming. The Art Basel Miami Beach (6-9 December) is the most prestigious art fair in America. Dirk Krampitz airberlin Tel. 01805-737 800* | www.airberlin.com
Gate 67 The English Pages So, Where are You Heading? Brandenburg you might say is something like the beak of the world. Why? Because every year millions of ducks, geese, and cranes fl ap their way through the region. On the way south in the autumn they gather in the wetlands of the Elbe, on the outskirts of the Spreewald and in the Ruppiner Land. An excursion is certain to be an unforgettable adventure. The high travel season begins in autumn in Brandenburg. For hardly have the storks taken off for the south when the next guests arrive. Cranes, ducks and geese provide visitors to numerous villages around the German capital with an unforgettable natural spectacle as they wing their way to their new habitats. The cranes are the easiest to follow; with a length of between 90 and 150 centimeters, they are amongst the largest species of birds. The best place to do so is in Linum, a small town on the edge of the Ruppiner Land between Fehrbellin and Kremen. Here you can hear the loud trumpeting of the fl ocks of cranes from a considerable distance. It is no wonder that up to 80,000 birds are regularly counted at Europe’s largest rest area for cranes. The crane has been a symbol of vigilance and wisdom since ancient times. And even today the elegant waterfowl serves as the symbol for Lufthansa – Germany’s largest airline. And when a dark grey wedge of birds takes shape above Linum, it is hundreds of cranes as they cavort in concert above the small town. Visitors can recognize the beauty of the grus – the Latin genus – especially well with binoculars. With its red and white head, grey feathers and long, slender legs, it looks like something out of a fable. The male remains loyal to his partner his whole life, but he performs his mating dance for her every year. The dance itself has made the birds famous. And the crane is most reliable. In Linum, too. Between 5 and 6:30 pm they fl y over the heads of the bird-watchers. Thousands of birds take ANZEIGE 33 a break here as they fl y from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and their winter quarters in France and Spain. If the winter is mild they even stay here. During the day they feed from the harvested fi elds, which still offer a wealth of food, and in the evening they withdraw to the waters as protection from foxes, martens and other natural enemies. Alexander Remler