Berlin Brandenburg International Airport
| Berlin Brandenburg International Airport|
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg
|IATA: BER – ICAO: none|
|Owner/Operator||Grossdeutsche Flughafen GmbH|
|Serves||Berlin, Grossdeutsches Reich|
|Opened||December 10, 2010|
|Elevation AMSL||157 ft / 48 m|
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (IATA: BER) (German: Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg - Sophia Scholl) is an international located in Schönefeld 18 kilometres (11 mi) south of the city centre of Berlin, the capital of the Grossdeutsches Reich. It is the main commercial airport serving Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg and is a major international and national flights hub with the other Berlin airport, Tegel, being only for international flights. It is the busiest airport in the Reich with just over 86 million passengers in 2013.
The airports is located south of where Schönefeld Airport once stood. It was built in the 1930's next to an aircraft factory. After the end of the 1940 war, Schönefeld became the second airport of the city after Tempelhof. As the city grew, mostly because of nationalsocialist expansionist urban planning, Schönefeld became the city's main airport while a third airport, Tegel, was built just north of the city.
In the 1990's as the three airports became older, need for a new airport to be built emerged. In 2001 state leadership decided to build a large international airport just south of Schönefeld Airport which would ultimately lead to the closure of Tegel, Tempelhof and Schönefeld.
After more than 8 years of project, in december 2010 the new airport was finally open and ready for flights. However, as air transport had a boom, a decision was taken to leave Tegel open as a minor international airport and for Tempelhof to continue as a general aviation aerodrome.
Before airport completion it was decided it would get a second name, honoring a special individual. Before the ousting of the nazi party the name of Adolf Hilter was considered the most probable option. However, after the NSDAP was taken out of power the namesake was rethough and finally on the eve of the airports inauguration ceremony it was announced that it would bear the name of former chancellor Robert Mainzer. Other names such as Otto Lilienthal, german flight pioneer, were considered and proposed by opposition parties.
After the election of Aurora Dähler as chancellor, in 2015 it was decided to rename the airport in honor of Sophia Scholl, a young university student executed in the 1940s for opposing the NSDAP dictatorship.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport has four passenger terminals: A, B, C and D. A, B and C service international flights exclusively while terminal D is temporarily servicing domestic flights.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled flights to Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Terminal assignments are valid for departing flights only.
|Aer Thaisteal||Belfast, Dublin, Munich, Shannon||A, D|
|Inquistan Airways||Saint Dominico (Eaux-Claire Hills, Saint Andrew, Saint Augustine, Sunset Beach, Trinity City)||A|
|Lufthansa||Antanarivo, Amsterdam, Asunción, Bremen, Breslau, Brussels, Casablanca, Cologne, Cork, Danzig, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Königsberg, Kiev, Linz, Luxembourg, Lyon, Marrakech, Marseille, Montevideo, Munich, Nice, Nuremberg, Paris, Portland, Prague, Rotterdam, Saint Adelaide, Saint Regina, Shannon, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tanger, Vienna, Warsaw||A, D|