Passenger volumes at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Germany almost doubled last year compared with 2021.

BER recorded 19.85 million passengers in 2022, against the prior-year figure of 9.95 million.

Aircraft movement at the airport was significantly higher last year, with 164,293 planes taking off and landing compared with 105,740 in 2021, while aircraft capacity utilisation surged by nearly 80% over the year.

Total air cargo volumes also rose from 27,437t in 2021 to 31,827t last year.

Last month, BER served around 1.53 million passengers, which was down slightly from November but up by around 500,000 from the same period of 2021.

During the month, 12,180 aircraft took off and landed at the airport, which was slightly lower than the 12,201 aircraft movements reported in December 2021.

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In addition, air cargo volumes dropped to 2,974t last month from 3,134t a year earlier.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO Aletta von Massenbach said: “Double the passenger numbers compared to the previous year shows that BER is being well-received.

“People from the region were pleased to have more opportunities to fly on holiday last year.

“At the same time, tourism to the capital region has also gathered pace again.

“Together with our partners at BER, we were prepared for the rapid increase in passenger traffic and responded by opening Terminal II and offering more digital and automated services.

“The positive feedback from our guests encourages us to continue on this path in 2023.”

In November last year, Lufthansa Group’s Eurowings airline expanded its range of direct flights from BER to include around 30 destinations.

These destinations include Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Graz, Larnaca and Rhodes, with Eurowings planning to introduce more flights to Berlin holiday destinations.

The new flights will be available after the start of this year’s summer flight schedule at the end of March.