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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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32 The City of Festivals

32 The City of Festivals With airberlin to Chicago. Do you still remember Catherine Zeta-Jones’ amazing voice as she sings “And all that Jazz“ from the stage of the musical Chicago? Wow, that deep, powerful voice! A voice that stands for all the lust for life and the musical connections in Chicago. Jazz, Blues and Soul blossomed on the stages of Chicago in the Roaring Twenties. Famous musicians like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver shaped the nightlife in the US’s metropolis on Lake Michigan. Just a glance in Chicago’s festival calendar proves that Chicago’s inhabitants still cherish music very deeply; from May to September one street or music festival follows the other. Life moves out onto the streets and parks. The city awakens! In the fi rst weekend of June, the “City of Music” celebrates the Blues; from 6 to 9 June 2013 the Chicago Blues Festival is held on fi ve stages in Grant Park. Chicago’s largest music festival attracts some 500,000 A Friendly Family Stories from the daily routine at the Tegel Airport. One has a turban on his head, a big, sturdy man with dark skin and full beard. He walks up to the counter and leans on it. Regina Mader smiles. A couple of seconds later an elderly couple with grey hair and silver glasses is standing in front of her. This time she tips her head to one side, nods and listens quietly to the two of them. Shortly thereafter, a young woman with a huge rucksack appears in front of her. Regina Mader laughingly points her in the right direction and the young woman disappears forever into the hall of the airport. Gate number? Taxi stand? Bulky luggage? Three questions in three minutes – and all of them in a different language. Regina Mader starts to smile again, “Sure it works. Friendliness is the trick.” She has been working on the staff of the Airport Information since 1975. For 37 years she was in Schönefeld. Since January she has worked in Tegel. “We had actually planned to set up a new offi ce in BER,” explains the 54-yearold. But due to the delays in opening the new capital city airport, the team has been transferred to Tegel. For Regina Mader, who lives in the south of Berlin, that translates into a 50-km commute everyday. “Of course, I thought things would be different. But here is where we are needed. And I want to do a good job here.” Gate 69 The English Pages Blues fans. There is no entrance fee; the mood is phenomenal. Grant Park is the city’s green lung. Here you can breathe in fresh air, relax or watch the light and water shows. Two weeks later it is time for the next music festival. From 20 to 23 June 2013, the best gospel artists in the country perform in the “Chicago Gospel Music Festival“ in Ellis Park. From 2 to 4 August 2013, Grant Park is once again taken over by music lovers. The “Lollapalooza“ hosts a wide range of music styles, from Rock to Rap to Punk. For more than 20 years now, bands such as Soundgarten and Pearl Jam have been rocking there. Oh does Chicago love diversity. But the three-million-strong metropolis does not just party big time and excessively. Chicagoans also get together in smaller, neighborly events. From May to September, they set their chairs out front of their residences, set up tables and stands and street festivals are the order of the day. “Neighborhood festivals”, as these smaller festivities are known, can be found in almost every part of Chicago. One example is the “African Caribbean International Festival“. Careful, it can get hot. Along with Afro-American music, Caribbean art is also presented. Chicago is, by the way, also the largest Polish community outside of Poland. In the Jackowo section of town you will hear almost exclusively Polish or Ponglish – a mixture of Polish and English. The “Taste of Polonia“ is celebrated in the Copernicus Center from 31 August to 3 September 2013. Poland is well connected with Chicago via Berlin. Through airberlin’s Berlin hub Polish passengers from Cracow, Danzig and Warsaw can conveniently fl y to Chicago via Berlin. Airberlin has been fl ying non-stop from Berlin to Chicago up to fi ve times a week since March 2013. Kna airberlin | Tel. 01805-73 78 00 | www.airberlin.com A situation that Sandra Dusanic knows well. “No breakfast, excited about the fi rst fl ight alone, some people can pass out at the check-in counter.” For the airport’s passenger handling supervisor that means calling the fi re department and calming the other passenger down. And, if the passenger is not able to fl y, getting the luggage out of the plane. Of course the 31-year-old doesn’t allow something like that to spoil her day. She has been on duty since 3:45 AM today and is still beaming from cheek-to-cheek. And that although her phone rings every three minutes and it is approaching noon. Sandra Dusanic handles 10

Gate 69 The English Pages License Plate Letter B Berlin is multicultural and very proud of the fact. A report on German-German living in Berlin. Do you want to see a real Berliner in action in its natural habitat? Then Berlin is probably the worst possible place to do so. Instead of a dyed-in-the-wool Berliner with a B on their license plate, you are more likely to run into one of the raccoons released in the wild days of the Second World War. We Berliners are an endangered species. And like any threatened species, we are a little touchy. The Berliner is a shy animal. Don’t pet them – they bite. At the universities the young native Berliners from the Spree-Havel region have to put up with stares and interviews like members of an indigenous tribe. The real Berliner ranks the newcomer along the lines of “if they are still standing after a verbal kick-in-the-shins, then they might be able to become one of us.” And that is why – sorry to say this – for newcomers, or even the Berliner not equipped with the dialect, a trip to the baker’s is an assessment center for citizenship. Have the right change ready and call a roll a “Schrippe”, otherwise you are out of here. Although Berliners should have become accustomed to mass immigration, at the latest after the Huguenots, the Protestants from France who started coming to Berlin around 1700, they still continue to complain. The last big round came when the government arrived in 1999. It is said that Berliners are born in Berlin. Sure. Their par- Regina Mader (Foto left) and Sandra Dusanic (Foto right) at Berlin-Tegel Airport. fl ights on this particular Tuesday and makes sure that the check-in runs smoothly. How many passengers are booked and actually check in? Are there a suffi cient number of meals on board? Are there any VIPs, actors or politicians on board, who might even have armed ents, too. The grandparents may or even should – depending on the defi nition – come from East Prussia. But we try not to be too dogmatic with the defi nition. It is possible to become a Berliner. We were were understanding and even cheered John F. Kennedy’s lie, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” The enormous number of people who have moved to Berlin can be witnessed on holidays, at Christmas or Easter – downtown seems to be deserted. Parking places en masse. Then friendly Ber-Ber- protection? The number of passengers at Tegel increased by more than seven percent last year – to 18 million. “That way the onslaught can be relatively well distributed. Usually.” Things always get tight when something goes wrong. If planes arrive late, if it is foggy or it snows lins tend to hang up signs reading “Stuttgart- Sindelfi ngen 610 km – East Berlin wishes you a good trip home.” You can chuckle about that. For all of those who choke on it, consider the good Swabian Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel who claimed, “A Berlin joke is worth more than a beautiful area!” So where do you fi nd a real live Berliner? In Swabia or Bavaria. Especially at campgrounds. Just follow the line of campers with the B license plate heading south on the freeway. Dirk Krampitz 33 and equipment breaks down at a peak period. But it is precisely at those times that “we at Tegel prove that we are a family,” says Sandra Dusanic. She has worked at a number of airports, for instance, Dusseldorf and Munich. “But that the staff sets up a chain when the luggage carousels break down. And everybody pitches in, even if they don’t have anything to do with luggage – you only fi nd that at Tegel.” Family feeling or just plain old friendliness? Whatever it is, even the passengers pick it up. “Yesterday we had a passenger here who only spoke Polish,” explains Regina Mader. “But none of our Polish-speaking colleagues were there. So we announced the problem over the PA system.” And sure enough, a couple of minutes later a passenger came over to the information counter and helped with translating. Marcus Weber

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