Special parallel landing by EasyJet and Lufthansa planned to open Berlin’s newest airport

Sep 2, 2020

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After a delay totalling almost a decade, Berlin’s long-awaited Brandenburg Airport (BER) will finally be opening on 31 October. The highly anticipated event will be celebrated by a special parallel landing by two of Europe’s big names: EasyJet and Lufthansa, according to Aero Telegraph.

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Once operations have begun, EasyJet and Lufthansa will be the two largest carriers operating from Brandenburg (BER), which is believed to be the reason why they were chosen as the first two flights to officially land at the new airport.

Air Berlin, once Germany’s second-largest airline, would have been the airport’s biggest carrier had the airline not gone bankrupt in October 2017.

At the end of 2019, the grand opening of the German capital’s new airport was set as October 2020, which has been adhered to after years of setbacks.

Flights are showing as operating to BER before then because as of 25 October, Schönefeld Airport (SXF), which exists on the same airfield as BER, will officially become BER’s Terminal 5 and receive the BER IATA code.

It’s unclear what the flight numbers of the first two aircraft will be, or even if tickets will be purchasable for the flights. TPG reached out to EasyJet and Lufthansa to find out how to book a seat on the special inaugural flights but did not hear back by time of publication.

As per the plans currently in place, Berlin’s current main international airport Tegel (TXL) will continue operations for about a week longer before officially closing as of 8 November.

Featured image courtesy Günter Wicker/Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

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