German airport operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg has reopened Pier 3A in Terminal A of Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

The two-storey building, which has a total floor space of 4,000m², was closed for a complete renovation.

Departing and arriving passengers from the Schengen area can now access the open-plan waiting area and two food outlets on the ground floor of the facility.

The waiting room has five gates with 400 extra seats, charging points and fully renovated toilets to improve the quality of passenger services.

A second waiting room with one food outlet and four gates is located on the second floor for non-Schengen passengers.

Before entering the area, passengers will pass through a German Federal Police-operated centralised border control.

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The airport operator noted that the non-Schengen area arrivals will operate from Terminals A and D in the future.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said: “The terminals in Schönefeld will continue to be needed in future years in order to be able to successfully manage the continued high number of travellers from and to the capital region.

“Completion of the Pier 3A modernisation programme is one of many construction projects with which we improve the quality of services for passengers in Schönefeld. Over the next few months, we will also be expanding the security check areas in Terminal B and modernising the systems for checking luggage.”

In January, eight German airports cancelled hundreds of flights due to strikes organised by security staff over pay revision.

It is estimated that the cancellations and subsequent delays affected 220,000 travellers.