Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has reported its provisional figures for passenger footfall across the festive season of December, showing numbers remained fairly steady on a year-on-year comparison.
As the Christmas holidays kicked in, 1.77 million passengers traversed through BER, a modest increase from the 1.75 million recorded in the preceding month of November.
These figures, derived from the latest traffic report, provide a snapshot of the airport’s continued recovery post-pandemic.
December 2023 Flight Movements
The month of December 2023 showcased approximately 13,600 flight movements at BER, marking an uptick of 1,400 aircraft compared to the same period in the previous year.
This surge, however, remains shy of the bustling activity witnessed in December 2019 when Tegel and Schönefeld airports jointly recorded almost 21,200 flight movements.
Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Ascension
Looking at the broader scope, 2023 saw a commendable total of 23.07 million passengers passing through BER, a notable increase of 3.22 million from the previous year.
While this is a positive stride, the numbers still fall short of the pre-pandemic levels by 12.6 million passengers.
A total of 176,649 aircraft graced the runways, marking a substantial 7.5 percent rise compared to 2022 but trailing behind the robust figures of 2019 with 277,600 take-offs and landings.
Air Cargo: Rising Trends
December 2023 witnessed air cargo volumes climbing by 14 percent compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
Approximately 3,200 tonnes of air cargo were loaded at BER during the month, contributing to a yearly total of 34,038 tonnes in 2023.
This signifies a notable 7 percent increase from the 31,827 tonnes recorded in 2022 and a substantial leap from the 35,000 tonnes in 2019.
BER CEO Comments
Aletta von Massenbach, the Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, shared insights into the airport’s performance.
“Demand for air travel continued to increase last year,” she stated. “Around 20 million people utilized BER in 2023 for flights abroad and flights from abroad to Berlin, reaching 73 percent of the pre-pandemic level.”
“This indicates a resounding preference for holidays, and we successfully returned to the 2019 level for long-haul connections.”
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