Berlin airports operator FBB has started planning for where airlines will be based in the German capital's new hub, ahead of its scheduled opening next year.
The airport in Brandenburg is set to open in October 2020, and the major airlines serving Berlin now know where their flight operations will be based, FBB said today.
EasyJet and Lufthansa will be in the main Terminal 1, and Eurowings in Terminal 2. Ryanair will use the Schonefeld facility – which will become the airport's Terminal 5. FBB will allocate space to some 80 other airlines in stages over the coming weeks.
"Preparations for operations at BER are entering a new phase. The airport, the airlines and other partners have all been individually busy with the start of airline operations, and now we are starting joint preparations together," states FBB chief executive Engelbert Lutke Daldrup.
A series of building missteps and planning permission issues have hampered construction of Berlin Brandenburg, and 8 May marked seven years since the airport's planned 2012 opening was called off with just weeks to go.
Berlin's Tegel airport, located close to the city centre, is to shut once the new hub is open, but there have been calls – including from Ryanair – for it to remain open in order to ensure sufficient capacity.