Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) in Germany witnessed a total of 213,000 passengers departing and landing in the first month of its opening on 31 October 2020.

In November, the airport registered approximately 4,700 flights.

As against the previous month of October, the passenger numbers at BER for November decreased.

In October, Schönefeld and Tegel airports, both of which ceased operations and moved to BER, recorded 581,322 passengers.

The low level of passenger traffic has been attributed to the worldwide air traffic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In November 2019, the Schönefeld and Tegel airports processed 2,544,833 passengers. However, the count of passengers this November has dropped by 91.6%.

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With regard to the flights, there has been a 77.3% decline in November 2020 compared with the same month last year.

From January to November, a total of 8,833,958 passengers were recorded. The passenger volume stood at 26.7% as against the same timeframe.

Around 1,900t of air freight was transported at BER in November 2020. This records a decline in air freight volume of 39.5% as against the same month last year.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said: “The situation regarding airports and airlines is a dramatic one. The second lockdown and the immense travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have further complicated flying. An end to this crisis is unforeseeable. That applies even to Christmas travel, where the outlook is rather bleak. People want to travel, but they also want safety. Only once a fully effective vaccine is found, shall air traffic recover.”