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Arriving by plane

What will change with the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)

Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport (IATA code: BER) will open on 31 October. This means that the airports Tegel and Schönefeld will be replaced by a central airport. The airport also has its own railway station directly below the terminal, making your transfer to train lines quick and convenient. 

How do I get from BER to the city centre?

In addition to several regional and suburban trains, a fast connection to the city centre is also ensured by various express buses and airport shuttles. We have compiled an overview of airport transfers for you here.

Which airlines fly from BER?

Initially, BER will open Terminal 1 with an annual capacity of 27 million passengers. On the airport’s website, you will find a list of all airlines departing from BER from the airport’s opening on 31 October. Lufthansa and Easyjet will be the first airlines to land at BER on 31 October. By 2040, up to 45 million passengers are expected to depart from the airport annually. By then, the other terminals will have been expanded and be ready for take-off.

Terminal 5 and transfers

As soon as the winter schedule begins on 25 October 2020, Schönefeld Airport (SXF) will become BER’s Terminal 5. From then on, the first trains will arrive at the airport’s railway station.

While Terminals 1 and 2 are located adjacent to one another, you cannot reach Terminal 5 on foot. This is connected to the other two terminals by S-Bahn lines S9 and S45. These two S-Bahn lines also take you directly from the city centre to Terminal 5. You can read more details about terminal transfers and all the important information relating to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) here.

Basic rules for flying under coronavirus conditions

  • Please note that special hygiene rules and precautionary measures are currently in force upon arrival. You should bear these in mind if you arrive by plane: 
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other airport passengers
  • Wear a nose and mouth covering in the terminal
  • Only one piece of hand luggage per passenger
  • Use online check-in
  • Be at the airport at least two hours before departure
  • Leave the terminal immediately after arrival
  • People waiting to collect you must wait in front of the terminal

What will happen to Tegel Airport?

The first planes took off from Otto Lilienthal Berlin-Tegel Airport in 1948. For many Berliners, the closure on 8 November 2020 marks the end of an era. Anyone wishing to say goodbye can visit the airport’s visitors terrace again from 3 October. It will be open to the public until the last Air France flight on 8 November. The last jet to Paris departs at 3 pm.

Travel climate conscious to Berlin

Who doesn’t know the situation – should I take the train or the plane for a short trip to Berlin? For most people, train is not an option as it requires too much time or in some cases is not even a possibility. Offsetting has become popular in the recent years. The principle is easy: Some greenhouse gases are difficult to avoid. Through offsetting, you can pay voluntary climate fees, financing emission saving projects that save the same amount of emissions elsewhere. But there are questions concerning offsetting: do the projects really help? What percentage of the money goes to the project? And how can we make sure that offsetting has a positive impact on the environment in the long run? atmosfair has been established as a spin off from a research project of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, in order to set high standards, making offsetting a trustworthy contribution towards climate protection.

atmosfair invests your climate contribution in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in developing countries. Your contribution for example enables the construction of a small hydro power unit in Honduras, provides Nigerians with efficient fuel wood stoves and people in India with solar lamps. All atmosfair projects undergo the approval procedure of the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations, which requires competent and liable auditors. In addition the projects have to meet the Gold Standard of the international environmental NGOs, such as the WWF. The Gold Standard applies strict criteria to the project technology and requires a benefit for local people and the local environment.