Finally, the day that many thought would never come – Berlin’s long-awaited new airport has finally opened.
After almost a decade of delay and well over budget, Berlin’s new airport «Berlin-Brandenburg Airport» opened its doors on Saturday, 31 October.
Berlin’s new airport bears the name of Willy Brandt (1913-1992), who was one of Germany’s most notable politicians and a memorial wall shows a portrait of him and his famous words.
The massive 1470-hectare airport in the Schönfeldt region southeast of Berlin is the new state-of-the-art transport hub, which finally will enable for more flights from Berlin to long-haul destinations.
Two Airbus A320neos from the carriers Easyjet and Lufthansa were the first to land at the new airport.
For those who have visited Berlin in the past, they are well aware that the city has two airports «Tegel Airport and Schönfeldt Airport» since 2008, which for long reached its maximum capacity.
Schönfeldt Airport was closed on 25 October and is being incorporated into the new airport as terminal 5, and Tegel Airport is expected to close on 8 November later this year.
The new airport will significantly improve the experience for travellers. This includes a central security control, more modern technology, spacious terminals and a considerably superior shopping experience.
Business and First Class travellers, or higher tier-status members in Miles & More and Star Alliance Gold will have access to Lufthansa’s spacious lounge at Terminal 1. This 650 square meters lounge is divided into one Business Lounge and Senator Lounge – both offering stunning panoramic views of the runway.
In addition to this, there are plans for a lounge for airlines in Oneworld.
Star Alliance airlines carriers, such as LOT, SAS and United, are expected to follow the Lufthansa group and re-locate to Terminal 1.