In the first six months of 2012 more passengers than ever used the airports in the Berlin region. In total, between January and June 11,871,008 passengers arrived or departed from Schönefeld and Tegel Airports. This is an increase over the same period of the previous year of 580,575 passengers (+5.1 per cent). In Schönefeld, 3,421,623 passengers were counted in the first six months (+2.0 per cent); in Tegel there were 8,449,385 passengers (+6.5 per cent).
Between January and June the number of flight movements decreased by 1.8 per cent (compared with the same period of the previous year) to 117,572 take-offs and landings; the load factor rose by 2.8 per cent to 71.7 per cent. The volume of air cargo declined by 4.3 per cent to 15,272 tons.
Berlin Airports CEO Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz commented: “The traffic figures for the first six months show quite clearly that the aviation market in the Berlin region remains a stable growth market. This, of course, increases the challenges we face in handling the current volume of passengers with our services at Tegel and Schönefeld. To further boost service quality for our passengers we conduct weekly assessments to see what went well, what went wrong and where can we improve and make processes even better? We are very grateful to our employees and all the companies that operate at the airport who day after day put an incredible effort into ensuring that air traffic in the Berlin region runs smoothly.”
Strong traffic growth in June
In June Tegel and Schönefeld Airports handled a total of 2,308,303 passengers, a 7.3 per cent increase over the same month of the previous year. Since the start of the summer flight schedule there have been flights to 170 destinations in 50 countries from Berlin. There are 17 new destinations, of which nine were added in June: Bilbao, Birmingham, Bologna, Kaliningrad, Leeds, Marseille, Memmingen, Rijeka and Valencia.
Last month, 639,754 passengers used Schönefeld Airport. This result is a year-on-year increase of 1.1 per cent. In Tegel there were 1,668,549 passengers in June, a year-on-year increase of 10.0 per cent.
The total number of flight movements in Schönefeld and Tegel in June 2012 was 22,348 take-offs and landings, an increase of 3.4 per cent over the same month of the previous year. At the same time the load factor of aircraft landing and departing at Berlin decreased by 3.6 per cent to 71.0 per cent due to the strong capacity expansion. In June, air cargo dropped by 6.8 per cent to 2,735 tons.