Supervisory Board sets the course for after BER opening / New Chief Human Resources Officer appointed/Business plan agreed

Exterior view of the BER main terminal © Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH | Günter Wicker

© Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH | Günter Wicker

Against the backdrop of the global corona crisis and a collapse in flight operations, the Supervisory Board set the important course for the development of the airport company after commissioning BER. 

Important HR decisions were made with the appointment of Michael Halberstadt as successor to Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Manfred Bobke-von Camen and the extension of Chief Executive Officer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup’s contract. Furthermore, the 2020 business plan was also agreed upon. It shows the airport company’s long-term financing plans far beyond the opening of BER. A total of EUR 792 million of funding is budgeted for 2021 to 2024. Half will be raised via the financial market and the other half will come from the shareholders. 

With regard to the current situation at Tegel and Schönefeld Airports, the Executive Board reported a massive decline in passenger numbers, currently by 75 percent. A further drop in air traffic is expected in the coming days. In this respect, the Executive Board emphasised that the airports are system-relevant infrastructures that play an important role in providing a stable basic service for the capital region, particularly during the corona crisis. 

In the context of the corona crisis, FFB GmbH will be temporarily dependent on financial aid due to the massive decline in traffic. This was discussed by the Supervisory Board and the shareholders are also aware. Specific figures cannot be given for the time being due to the uncertain assessment of the situation. 

The Executive Board also reported to the Supervisory Board that the completion of Terminal 1, along with the elimination of the remaining cable defects, has progressed well. Furthermore, approval for use is expected in April. Since TÜV employees are currently working from their home offices, there is no delay to the necessary activities on its part. 

The Supervisory Board also dealt with the question how the BER trial run will be carried out under the current conditions so that the opening date of October 31 can be maintained. The deadline will be explicitly adhered to. In light of the presumably even lower traffic volume in autumn, it will be possible to cope with reduced or postponed individual trial runs. 

"I am delighted that Michael Halberstadt has joined the Executive Board. Furthermore, the extension of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup’s contract is an important guarantee that the difficult period after commissioning will also be a success. I would like to thank Engelbert Lütke Daldrup for agreeing to this. Now we must face the additional challenges of the corona crisis, which will place even greater demands on us in terms of HR and finances than ever before. With the approval of the business plan and HR decisions made today, we have set an important course for ultimately overcoming the challenges with the help of the shareholders," said Rainer Bretschneider, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.

Regarding the impact of the corona pandemic on the FBB, Professor Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH said: “The corona crisis is a blow to the FBB. Our income situation has deteriorated sharply in the last three weeks. For this reason, we have to make massive cost savings and reduce operating expenses. This means that every new appointment, every investment, every expense is under close scrutiny. Reduced working hours are necessary. A good airport infrastructure will be more important than ever before once the corona crisis has been overcome. We will work with all our strength on this and the commissioning on 31 October 2020.”

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