Completion for Brandenburg’s Terminal 2
THE LONG-AWAITED Berlin/Brandenburg gateway has moved a step closer to completion following the limit to construction at Terminal 2 (T2). The terminal facility — which started building in October 2018 — was finished in the allocated time and came under the planned $200m budget — a significant contrast to the airport which has undergone almost a decade of launching delays and billions in overspending.
The terminal has a planned capacity of six million passengers and includes a”state-of-the-art safety screening”, check-in and baggage drop-off/reclaim facilities and an assortment of stores and restaurants. T2 is also connected to the adjacent Terminal 1 (T1) via a set of bridges.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, chief executive officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, commented:”We do not need the terminal to open [in Brandenburg] due to the
Fall in passenger numbers. Consequently, FBB [Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg] will likely not place T2 into operation before the 2021 summer flight program. Until thenwe can save half a million euros every month. Terminal 2 will be prepared for use in a very short time after passenger numbers start to grow again.”
Once fully operational, the airport is mooted for a capacity of 40 million customer per year from three terminals. Currently, on the boundary of Brandenburg is the existing Berlin/Schönefeld Airport. Since the prior opens, Schönefeld is going to be merged into Brandenburg and its own terminal as Terminal 5. Elsewhere, another important Berlin airport, Tegel, was due to shut its doors permanently on November 8 as the German capital becomes a one-airport city.
Brandenburg covers a region of 3,632 yards and will run a set of parallel runways: 07L/25R (11,811feet x 147ft) and 25L/07R (13,123feet x 196ft) — equally equipped with ILS class The air traffic control tower will measure 236ft in elevation, the 2nd tallest in Germany, even though a cargo centre will manage over 110,000 tons of cargo annually.
While details remain rare as we went to press, it is reported that Brandenburg’s two biggest residents, easyJet and Lufthansa, will operate a parallel landing to observe the airport’s opening on October 31. (Photo Flickr Commons/Jon Worth)