Berlin’s new Brandenburg airport finally opens: Schönefeld becomes Terminal 5 and Tegel is set to close

The long-awaited opening of Berlin’s Brandenburg airport (BER) will finally take place on October 31, 2020. This international aviation hub in Germany has been built right next to the Schönefeld air terminal (SXF), 18 kilometres from Berlin city centre. With a view to making the transition process easier for both passengers and staff, SXF is already divided into four distinct concourses (K,L,M and Q) with separate landsides, an optimally organised space that is about to become Terminal 5 of the new Brandenburg airport.

The hub will serve as operational base for easyJet, Eurowings and Ryanair and will have a four-level midfield terminal (T1/T2) conveniently located between two runways and above an underground train station, aside from the aforementioned T5 in the already existing building. On the other hand, Tegel airport of Berlin (TXL) will be closed permanently shortly after the inauguration of Brandenburg.

When will Schönefeld airport become Brandenburg (BER)?

Six days before the official inauguration of Berlin’s Brandenburg airport, SXF will start operating as the Terminal 5 of BER. In other words, what we have known as Berlin’s Schönefeld airport in Germany up to this day will become one of the passenger buildings of Brandenburg airport on October 25, 2020.

When is Tegel airport in Germany closing?

On November 8, 2020, eight days after the opening of Brandenburg airport in Berlin, the terminals of Tegel (TXL) will be closed permanently. Until that date, though, all scheduled flights will operate normally, including those covering some of its most popular regular routes to destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Copenhagen and Paphos (by easyJet), Amsterdam (handled by KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines), Frankfurt and Munich (Lufthansa), Stuttgart and Düsseldorf (by Eurowings) and London Heathrow (operated by British Airways).

Which terminal does my flight depart from?

For travellers who are booking their flights to and from Berlin these days, the code BER already appears in the system, and so most of them get the confirmation that they will either depart from or land in Brandenburg airport if their trip dates are beyond October 25, 2020. However, doubts might arise regarding the specific terminal/building they need to go to in order to catch their flight.

In this respect, you are advised to contact your airline in the case that this information is not specified in your flight confirmation. Some travellers will need to go to T5 to board their plane, then taxing to take off from Brandenburg’s northern runway, while others will board through T1/T2 to take off from the south runway. Your designated check-in area and boarding concourse (K,L,M or Q) should equally be specified.

Transport between terminals in Berlin’s Brandenburg airport

Did you get to the wrong terminal? Don’t worry. You can’t walk from Brandenburg’s Terminal 5 (the former Schönefeld airport) to the midfield terminal (T1/T2), but it is easy to travel between them by using the S9 and S45 train lines operated by S-Bahn, or else a bus or a taxi cab. It is of vital importance, however, that you allow from 10 to 15 extra minutes to do so if you do not want to miss your flight. Also, bear in mind that while the train station of T1/T2 is locate directly under the terminal, you will need to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the station in Terminal 5.

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