Berlin Brandenburg (BER) Airport

Berlin Brandenburg BER Airport Overview

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BER will be the new Berlin Airport - after it will finally and officially open. While the Airport has been completed many months ago, repeated problems have arisen and the opening was being postponed several times.  As a consequence, both Tegel TXL and Schoenefeld SXF airports are still in operation - indeed, Berlin Airports' operator invested 10-20 million Euros for upgrades to both airports.  

UPDATE:  The opening of BER has been postponed to second half of 2017. When Brandenburg Airport finally opens its gates, this is what you will find:

The new Brandenburg Airport will be Germany's capital city Berlin's only Airport and will serve its Metropolitan area and outlying suburbs (an area occupied by over 6 million people).  Its official name will include the name of former Berlin mayor, then German Chancellor and Nobel Peace Laureate Willy Brandt.  Once in full service, the Airport is expected to the Germany's third largest airport (after Munich and Frankfurt).  While its first phase will have a capacity of handling up to 30 million passenger a year, future plans call for further expansion by adding two more terminals..

Berlin  Brandenburg Airport is located in the town of Schoenefeld, State of Brandenburg, and is 18 km southeast of Berlin's city center.  It is situated to the south of the present Berlin Schoenefeld Airport and will use its southern runway along with some of its infrastructure. Autobahn A113 and the  B96a trunk road will have direct access to the new airport. Furthermore connecting trains from/to Berlin's Hauptbahnhof (major train depot) and the subway lead right into the the new passenger terminal's underground level.

With 2 long runways and an estimated 24 million passengers by year-end 2013, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be hub for Air Berlin, Germania, Easyjet, Germanwings and Lufthansa, and will be served by a multitude of domestic and international carriers offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.  NOTE: No flights will be allowed between midnight and 5am.

The new passenger terminal at Berlin Brandenburg Airport
is located between the northern and southern runways. It has 25 jet bridges and 85 apron parking positions. Its main pier is 715 meters long  (north & south  piers: 350 meters each) and has 16 doubledecker jet bridges with separate arrivals/departures levels:
(a) Level 1 is for Schengen passengers - using gates A01-A20 & B01-B20;
(b) level 2 is for non-Schengen passengers - using gates C01-19 & D01-D17; 
(c) level Z - used for high-risk U.S. & Israel flights - uses gates A21-22 & B21 & D07.     

The Departures level (level 1) has 8 check-in clusters with 94 check-in desks, four of which are for First-class Lufthansa passengers. The center has additional desks and there are 108 self-servie machines.  Ticket desks for Lufthansa & Air Berlin area also on lev el 2.

The Pier (Concourse) has three levels - each level has a main pier flanked on each side by north and south piers.
The South pier is reserved for Air Berlin with nine jet bridges for Schengen traffic (gates A30-38)
The North pier does not have jet bridges and caters to low-cost airlines (gates B30-B45).
Pier level 0 has on the Main Pier A gates A12-15, 24-25 and  B gates B12-15-, 24-25;  on the North Pier  B gates B30-45.
Pier level 1 houses the main hall leading to Main Pier with A gates A01-17, 20-22 and B gates B1-10 & 17-21;  the South Pier has A gates A22Z and A30-38
Pier level 2 has on the Main Pier C gates C1-19;  and D gates D01-17.

Airline lounges:  Lufthansa & AirBerlin lounges are on level 2; Air Baltic & Oneworld lounges are on level 33.

Completed by June 2015:
  Two 14,000 sq.meter pavillions at north & south sides of the terminal house 8 security lanes each, with 12 check-in counters connected to the baggage handling system. The South Pavillion is getting an added 'premium check-in' facility. 

Parking options at Berlin Brandenburg Airport: Four multi-storey carparks offer over 10,000 parking spaces - they are part of the new BER Airport City occupying over 40 acres and located 'directly a the terminal complex'  and including hotels,  restaurants & retailers.

The new Rental Car Center is located in the BER Airport city, housing major rental car agencies.

To get from the Airport to your destination, you can rent a car, take a taxi, a bus, the subway or the ICE train: 
1. By Bus: (a) The 'Airport Express' runs every 30 mins to Berlin's city railway system RE7 & RB14, and the 'Sukreuz' train station hub RE9.   (b)  Express Buses X7 & X11 run every five minutes connecting the Airport with U-Bahn Rudow and underground line U7. The X11 bus continues to Lichterfelde-West and on to Dahlem.
2. By Train: The subterranean train station in the passenger terminal features four long-distance and two subway tracks. Long-distance travelers can transfer to ICE  or local trains at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof (Central Station).   The Inter-Citi Express & InterCity will connect the Airport to Bielefeld, Hannover, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Halle & Wolfsburg. EuroCity trains connect to Poland, The Netherlands & Czech Republic.
Subway line S9 serves the northern public transit ring; subway line S45 the southern ring.

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