German airport operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has announced that Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s Terminal 5, previously known as Schönefeld Airport, will be shut for a period of one year from 23 February.

Due to the fall in passenger numbers in view of the pandemic, the expected passenger traffic will be handled at Terminal 1 until further notice.

By concentrating air traffic to Terminal 1, the airport will save nearly €25m for the year.

The new Terminal 2 will also be temporarily shut.

Once the passenger footfall improves, the terminals will gradually restore services as per the requirement.

SunExpress will be the first carrier to shift its passenger handling operations from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 on 1 February.

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On 22 February, the final airline will leave Schönefeld, ending operations at Terminal 5 for the time being.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said: “This year, the airport company must again assume that passenger numbers will remain far below the pre-crisis level. We assume that in 2021 we will be able to handle around ten million passengers safely and comfortably in Terminal 1.

This step reduces costs and expenses for the year by about €25m. Terminal 5 will still be promptly available to us if the need arises. The dormant operation is organised in such a way that Terminal 5 can be up and running again within a few weeks when it is needed again.”