Brandenburg Postponded; airberlin stays at Tegal

airberlin to Continue at Tegal until Brandenburg Opens | Photo Courtesy & Copyright airberlin

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport’s Opening Delayed

The opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) has been indefinitely postponed over an issue regarding fire protection services.

This does not sit well with the users at Berlin-Tegal (TXL), especially airberlin as they have their own dedicated hub with a dedicated terminal at the new Brandenburg Facility.  The new airberlin hub was setup to allow for six waves of traffic, allowing customers to change aircraft in a short time.  The system, specifically tailored to Brandenburg simply can’t be put into operation at Tegal Airport.

Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, said, “We have to work around the change of plan, which presents us with a huge challenge. It presents immense logistical problems for all involved and will also cause additional costs which have yet to be calculated.”

airberlin has put the “Tegal” Task Force into place to adapt to the reality of operating an expanded flight schedule, designed for Brandenburg, within the confines of the old airport, Berlin-Tegal.  The team is advising on operational processes necessary for the airline to operate its flight schedule.

For passengers, nothing has changed for the time being – except for the obvious fact flights will operate from Berlin’s Tegal (TXL) instead of the new Brandenburg Airport (BER).  The airline has said all bookings remain valid, the same applying to passengers on scenic flights organized to mark the move to the new airport.

The summer 2012 schedule has an increase of capacity of 8% and airberlin is sticking to the continuation of operations at Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL).  This may cause a restriction of services, but airberlin intends to implement its flight schedule including all its new destinations.

The flight schedule has been increased to 1,500 departures and arrivals per week.

Starting next Friday, new connections will include:

  • flights to and from Los Angeles three times a week;
  • flights will depart to New York on a daily;
  • Danzig and Krakow will be integrated into the hub with two flights a day;
  • Kaliningrad will be added with flights three times a week from 5 June, 2012;
  • Increased departures have been implemented on routes to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Oslo.

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Germany’s second largest airline is working to adapt the flight schedule at Tegal.

Aircraft block times need to be re-schedule and slots coordinated.  Numerous processes, such as loading luggage, which are automated at the new BER Airport, have to be done by hand at Tegel.  Customers will be informed by the airline of changes.

Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, said, “The workload for our employees is enormous. Imagine moving flats (apartments) twice.”  Mehdorn added, “We are confident, however, that we will cope with this additional challenge.”



 

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