Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Germany has continued to see a rise in passenger traffic, with the figure standing at 1.43 million in August 2021.

This was much higher than a year ago, which saw nearly 830,000 passengers at the Schönefeld (SXF) and Tegel (TXL) airports, as pandemic-related travel curbs hit the aviation sector and around 180,000 more than the holiday month of July 2021.

However, the figure is lower than the pre-pandemic level of 3.2 million in August 2019.

BER managed approximately 12,700 aircraft movements in August 2021, 1,100 more than the previous month.

Nearly 9,600 aircraft took off and landed in Schönefeld or Tegel in August 2020, while the number was nearly 25,000 in the year before that.

However, goods handled last month reduced by around 150 tonnes to nearly 2,150 tonnes compared to July. The figure was still approximately 500 tonnes more compared to August 2020.

In August 2019, nearly 3,100 tonnes of goods were handled.

The airport company has been using its two runways, alternating between them monthly, since April this year.

The aim is to support an even distribution of aircraft noise. The southern runway was used in August.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said: “The additional increase in the number of passengers is a positive sign, even if we are still a long way from achieving the results of 2019 before the crisis began.

“Vaccination, which has now been made available to many people, ensures added safety when planning a holiday and thus has also had a positive effect on demand for air travel.”