Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa Group has announced his support for having only one airport serving Berlin, Germany. Currently, Berlin is served by two airports: Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL, EDDT) and Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF,EDDB).
Once the Berlin Brandenburg Int’l Airport opens, Berlin Tegel Airport is scheduled to finally close. Berlin Schönefeld Airport will join Brandenburg to become one main airport serving Berlin.
Spohr comments on the airport, “Experience has shown that it is more efficient for all involved if all flight operations take place in one location. Otherwise the question quickly arises: Who flies from which airport?”.
Brandenburg Airport was initially scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2011, almost six years ago but has been delayed repeatedly due to engineering problems. The airport is now scheduled to open sometime in 2018. This latest delay is due to problems with sprinkler systems and automatic doors.
There are, however, people who want to keep Berlin Tegel in operation because one airport will not be sufficient to handle the 32.9 million passengers that the current two airports serve. Initially, Brandenburg will only be able to handle 27 million annual passengers.