BER: It’s going better than expected – but there are still criticisms
So far, the operators of BER are satisfied with the current year and are looking forward to the “lively summer”.
Brandenburg’s new airport counted 7.2 million passengers this year. It lives up to expectations. At the same time, the state is now supporting BER with lakhs more people.
Potsdam/Schoenefeld. According to the airport, operations at BER are growing faster than expected. “At the moment things are going better at BER than expected,” said airport owner Aleta von Maesenbach in the Brandenburg state parliament in Potsdam.
So far this year, 72,000 passengers have been counted. “Summer comes alive,” said the CEO. However, it is not clear what will happen in the fall in view of the corona virus and what the consequences of the higher price increase could be.
The budget committee released 146.5 million euros
“For 2022 we see that we will live up to our expectations,” said von Maesenbach in the Bundestag’s budget committee. With a majority red-black-green alliance in Brandenburg, the airport company spent a further 146.5 million euros. They are part of a €1.7 billion Corona aid package and have so far been held back in the budget. First, the airport must submit an updated business plan for 2022. The company’s owners are Berlin and the federal government of Brandenburg.
Major customer Easyjet wants to withdraw several machines from Schönefeld for the winter flight program. Von Meisenbach says there will be little impact on the airport’s balance sheet this year. It remains to be seen whether other airlines will catch up.
Free voters describe BER as a “bottomless pit”
Criticism of the state financial injection for BER came from free voters, among others. MP Philippe Zeschmann said the airport had become a “bottomless pit” from which citizens’ initiatives had always been expected. As one of the backers, Green Thomas von Giesecki, said, “The options we have will look all the more bleak.” He believes the airport will be able to refinance itself in the future.
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