Low-cost airline easyJet has started the construction of a maintenance hangar at Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) in Germany.

The construction work commenced with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony by easyJet, the airport company Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB) and the local government.

The hanger is being developed on the construction site in the new maintenance area of the BER. The site will be designed for the accommodation of four aeroplanes up to the size of the Airbus A321neo at the same time and enable works on them simultaneously.

It is expected to begin operations at the beginning of 2023.

The construction of the hanger will enable easyJet to conduct extensive maintenance work on aircraft stationed at BER airport and support its entire European fleet.

easyJet Germany country manager Stephan Erler said: “Today’s first cut of the spade is an important milestone for our commitment in the capital region of Berlin-Brandenburg and I am very pleased that, after 17 years of constant commitment, we, with the commencement of construction work on our new maintenance hangar, have now been able to take the next strategic step towards the future of our base at BER airport.

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“As a clear sign of our loyalty to our Berlin location, we have decided to set up our first easyJet maintenance hangar outside Great Britain here at BER airport and thus extend our market position in the capital region still further, always combined with a long-term, sustainable approach for the economic region Berlin-Brandenburg.”

The maintenance station and hangar will involve an investment of around €20m. The project is realised jointly by easyJet and FBB.

FBB will set up the construction site and carry out the civil engineering works among others while easyJet will be responsible for construction design, the superstructure of the hangar and the technical installations.

As agreed, easyJet will repay FBB’s investment in the project through rental payments.

Earlier this year, aviation services company Swissport secured a five-year contract to offer full ground handling services for easyJet at BER. The service period is scheduled to start on 1 October.