8 | Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH Air freight In 2019, both international trade conflicts, such as the customs disputes between the USA and China, and the restructuring of the German car industry had an impact on loading of freight in Berlin-Brandenburg. At 65,570 tons, 17 % less air freight and mail was loaded by plane and lorry via the freight facilities of Berlin Airports. Of the total volume, 34,854 tons were loaded and unloaded by air, 3,441 tons were flown to Stuttgart by night airmail on behalf of Deutsche Post World Net AG and 27,275 tons were additionally handled by airlines and freight forwarders as air freight by lorry to the airlines' European hubs via the air freight facilities in Berlin. At Tegel Airport 52,340 tons of air freight/mail were handled by the freight facilities last year. Of this, 21,624 tons of air freight were loaded into aircraft as additional freight and 3,441 tons of air mail and/or around 27,275 tons in air freight substitute transport for airlines and freight forwarders were handled mainly by the two freight handlers Wisag Cargo Service and Swissport Cargo Service. Additional freight capacity was provided, for example, by the new commencement of American Airlines to Philadelphia with a Boeing B767 and the expansion of Air Canada Rouge's flights to Toronto by two additional flights per week to six flights per week. In Schönefeld last year, 13,230 tons of air freight were flown by plane, an increase of about 1,000 tons. The growth drivers were above all the express service UPS, which has been connecting the capital region to its Air Freight 2019 in tons Total 34,854 TXL 21,624 SXF 13,230 loaded and unloaded per plane
Air traffic | 9 To increase capacity, UPS has been using a Boeing 767 cargo plane on the Berlin-Cologne/Bonn route since June 2019. European hub in Cologne with the larger B767 cargo plane since June owing to an increase in online orders, and Federal Express, which since November has been offering greater capacity between its European hub in Paris and the capital region with a B737 cargo plane. Another B737 cargo plane connects the former TNT Express European hub in Liège via Berlin with Gdansk in Poland. The German Red Cross operates a relief centre at the 24-hour-a-day SXF, from where in April an AN-12 flew lifeboats to Tehran after severe flooding in Iran. With DB Schenker and Logwin, other major freight forwarders have moved into the BER Cargo Center, which has been handling freight for Schönefeld since August 2013. Besides the freight handler Wisag Cargo Service, among others Lufthansa Cargo, DHL and all necessary authorities such as border veterinary, plant health controls and the customs are on site there. The Cargo Center has a cooling center for the handling of up to 120 European pallets in two temperature zones for Wisag and Schenker. Around 12,000 square metres of turnover area are available for the freight turnover, through which up to 120,000 tons of freight can be handled per annum. A direct apron access ensures the short route to the aircraft.