BER Airport is better than Tegel

by time news

Berlin- Stephan Erler apparently cannot understand Tegel fans who trust the Berlin airport, which was closed more than a year ago. “Of course there have been longer waiting times at BER in the past few weeks,” said the head of Germany for the British airline Easyjet on Tuesday. At “one point or another” there were disruptions in the operation of the new airport. “But as far as the overall experience is concerned, the BER represents a significant improvement compared to Terminal C in Tegel or Schönefeld Airport.” Passengers from abroad also notice this, says Erler. “Our passengers are satisfied with the travel experience at BER.”

On Tuesday, Stephan Erler presented the latest company figures for the 2021 financial year, which ended in September. Including some data on the new Berlin capital airport, which was one year old at the end of October. In terms of the number of passengers and destinations, Easyjet is still the largest airline in Berlin. Around 70 destinations are served directly, according to Erler. The Easyjet machines at BER were used at an average of 83 percent during the second half of the financial year. This value was above the occupancy rate in the whole of Germany (78 percent), which in turn significantly exceeded the average for the entire network of the airline (72.5 percent).

Easyjet boss: “It was a very difficult business year for us”

“It’s been a very difficult year for us,” said the Easyjet manager. It was the first to completely fall into the corona pandemic. There were always new travel restrictions that the airlines had to implement within a few days. “Nevertheless, our loss was lower than in the 2020 financial year,” said Erler. Instead of 1.273 billion British pounds, it was 1.036 billion.

Restructuring measures have helped to limit the loss. So there was a “radical redistribution of our aircraft to the more profitable bases”, as Easyjet announced. Unprofitable routes have been discontinued. On the other hand, when demand for certain destinations such as the Canary Islands skyrocketed, additional aircraft were deployed. Nevertheless, the number of passengers fell from 55.1 million to 28.2 million. The summer was still relatively good: The turnover per seat was 56.53 pounds above the previous year’s value (50.04 pounds).

What’s next “The pre-booking figures give cause for hope for 2022,” said Stephan Erler. “The Germans still want to travel.” But these findings were gained before the new Omikron coronavirus variant spread terror. One thing is certain: the aviation industry is flying blind.


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