Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s August 2021 increased air traffic results
Berlin Brandenburg Airport reports more than 1.43 million passengers travelling through in August 2021, demonstrating the continued air traffic growth since the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines.
Summer tourist traffic at Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) increased again last month (August 2021). A total of 1.43 million passengers passed through BER in August, around 180,000 more than in the holiday month of July 2021. A year ago, in the COVID-19 pandemic month of August 2020, around 830,000 passengers were processed at the Schönefeld and Tegel airports however, in August 2019 it was almost 3.2 million passengers. The aircraft load factor in August 2021 was 77 per cent.
In August 2021, around 12,700 aircraft movements were handled at BER, 1,100 more than in July 2021. In August 2020, around 9,600 aircraft took off and landed in Schönefeld or Tegel, in August 2019 that number was around 25,000 aircraft. In terms of air freight, around 2,150 tonnes of goods were handled last month, around 150 tonnes less than in July and around 500 tonnes more than in August 2020. In the pre-COVID-19 month of August 2019, the same figure was around 3,100 tonnes.
The airport company has been using its two runways, alternating between them monthly, since April 2021. This ensures a more even distribution of aircraft noise. The southern runway was used in August.
“The additional increase in the number of passengers is a positive sign, even if we are still a long way from achieving the results of 2019, before COVID-19 began,” said Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. “Vaccination, that has now been made available to many people, ensures added safety when planning a holiday and thus has also had a positive effect on demand for air travel. Despite the travel restrictions, which still vary a lot, passengers have regained confidence in the processes from check-in to baggage claim.”