Berlin’s Infamous BER Airport Is Finally Set To Open On 31st October 2020, Lufthansa Group Schedules First Flights

It’s really seems to be happening this time: After 14 years of construction and failures, Germany’s most embarrassing construction project Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is finally scheduled to open on October 31, 2020.

The Lufthansa Group has already started to schedule flights to gradually move from Berlin-Tegel to the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport so passengers should carefully check their schedule.

With planning it has taken over two decades to finally schedule an opening of the airport and I’m still not convinced that it will actually happen as a news report from two weeks ago revealed that there are still over 5000 defects to be taken care of.

The scheduled opening date is set for October 31st and Lufthansa has published an announcement about the forthcoming operations:

The kickoff is scheduled for 31 October 2020: over the course of a week, the flight operations of the German capital will move from Tegel Airport to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). Lufthansa will bid Tegel farewell on 7 November: the last scheduled departure is flight LH1955 from Berlin to Munich. The BER premiere will then take place the next morning: at 6:30 a.m. on 8 November, flight LH173 from Berlin to Frankfurt is scheduled to take off from the capital’s new airport.

Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines will commence operations at BER together with Lufthansa on 8 November. According to current plans, Eurowings will already have its first flight from BER on 4 November.

The booking systems of the Lufthansa Group airlines have now been switched over to the new airport. Customers who book a flight for 8 November or later will see the new BER airport as their destination instead of Tegel. Passengers who have already booked a flight for this time will be informed and rebooked. According to current plans, the number of flights and arrival and departure times will remain the same.

“We care about Berlin. No one else connects Berlin with the world like we do. Six Lufthansa Group airlines fly to the German capital – with up to 33,000 passengers a day. 270 destinations can be reached with only one transfer. Berlin is a fascinating and cosmopolitan city that attracts people from all over the world. That is why Berlin needs an efficient airport. This also includes even better connections between BER and local public transportation as well as to the long-distance rail network. …

Lufthansa has scheduled their first flights to/from BER beginning with the last three evening connections ex Frankfurt on November 7th 2020:

Beginning the next day, November 8th all flights will operate to/from BER:

Once passengers start arriving at the new airport we’ll see about their responses about the convenience factor, something that always stood out at the current Tegel airport. Right now you can basically take a 15 minute cab ride and stop right in front of your gate. This will be a thing of the past once BER opens and handles all the flights.

Conclusion

It took long enough to have this facility finally opened and in the process Germany suffered a lot of reputational damage for all the foul ups that occurred during the construction. The report about the 5000 various construction is just 2 weeks old, hopefully they’ll be able to fix most of those prior to the set opening date. I wonder that the odds are that the airport won’t in fact open on OCT 31st!?

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