Lufthansa Group Announces November Berlin Airport Switch

The Lufthansa Group has announced the date that it will switch across to Berlin’s new airport. Following a series of delays to the official opening date, Germany’s flag carrier will begin using the airport in November.

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Berlin’s ‘brand new’ airport has sat empty for almost a decade. However, things could be about to change. Photo: Getty Images

Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport has become infamous in Germany, and indeed across the world. The new airport for Germany’s capital city was originally due to open almost a decade ago in 2011. However, the project has been marred with problems since then, with the official opening being pushed back multiple times.

As such, all future opening dates have been taken with a pinch of salt. However, it looks like the airport will finally open this time, at least that’s what the airlines think.

Lufthansa Group switchover

The Lufthansa Group has now announced the date that it will switch over to the new Berlin Airport. As the flag carrier of Germany, it could be seen as significant that the move has been announced.

Let’s look at British Airways as an example. When the British flag carrier switched from Beijing’s Capital to the new Daxing Airport, it just left one airport one day and arrived at the new airport the next day.

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The airport has already been kitted out for Lufthansa’s arrival. Photo: Getty Images

Now, Lufthansa’s hubs are in Frankfurt and Munich, however, Berlin plays an important role with regards to connecting and domestic passengers. As such, a lot more work is required to switch services to the new airport, and a lot more could potentially go wrong.

All of this means that we potentially have a clear indicator that the airport could finally open. At least, this is what Lufthansa believes, as it wouldn’t commit to the changeover without a reasonable degree of certainty that it will indeed happen.

First flights

The first Lufthansa Group flight from the new Berlin Airport will be operated by Eurowings on the 4th of November. By not moving everything at once, the airline group has an opportunity to observe how things go before beginning its main transition.

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Lufthansa will operate its last flight from Berlin Tegel on the 7th of November 2020. Photo: Lufthansa

Following on from this Austrian Airlines, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Lufthansa will then all move to the new airport on the 8th of November 2020. Lufthansa’s last flight to depart from Berlin’s Tegel Airport will take place on the 7th of November. LH1955 will depart from Berlin at 20:55 bound for Munich.

Speaking on the announcement, Lufthansa’s Chief Commercial Officer, Harry Hohmeister said,

“We care about Berlin. No one else connects Berlin with the world like we do. Six Lufthansa Group airlines fly to the German capital – with up to 33,000 passengers a day. 270 destinations can be reached with only one transfer.”

Are you excited to finally be able to travel through Berlin’s new airport? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!