Berlin airports break 25 million passenger mark

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Berlin's two active airports reached for the first time a combined passenger volume of more than 25 million travellers in 2012.

Tegel airport saw its passenger numbers rise 7.4% year-on-year to around 18.2 million, while Schönefeld's figure fell 0.2% to just over 7 million,

Total traffic remained unchanged at nearly 243,000 take-offs and landings. However, while the number of aircraft movements increased 1% to 171,000 at Tegel, Schönefeld saw a 2.5% decline to almost 72,000.

In December alone, Tegel registered around 1.29 million passenger numbers - up 2.3%, compared with the same month in 2011 - while Schönefeld's figure fell 7.1% to nearly 497,000.

Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary Germanwings moved its Berlin flights from Schönefeld to Tegel at the end of October.

Cargo tonnage at the two airports increased nearly 3% to around 32,000t throughout 2012. But it fell 6.5% in December compared with the same month a year earlier.