FBB is new user of the ILA site
On 30th September, the airport company FBB has acquired ExpoCenter Airport Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (ECA) from its existing shareholders Messe Berlin and Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH (WFBB). The ECA is the owner of the ILA site. As a result, FBB now has the opportunity to make use of the land at the edge of the airport for itself. With the acquisition of ECA, FBB can avoid the costly construction of additional halls and areas, which are required by a wide variety of operating service providers.
FBB will make intensive use of the land at the end of the southern runway. The three halls are capable of housing numerous winter service and ground handling vehicles. In addition, one hall will be used exclusively for the expanding express freight business. The numerous existing parking lots should, among other things, provide inexpensive long-term parking during the summer season. Despite intensive use of the ILA site and its halls by the FBB, it will also be possible for the ILA to remain at BER in the long-term. The states of Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as Messe Berlin and the airport company, set out their plans in a letter of intent to the ILA organiser, the BDLI (Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry).
“The purchase of the ILA site by the airport company is good news in several ways. It offers BER much needed additional space, quickly, without having to develop it from scratch. This ensures the long-term expansion of flight operations. Using the site and its halls in a way that allows ILA to continue to take place every two years is good for both the capital and the entire region”, said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.
Sebastian Saule, Managing Director WFBB added: “We are pleased that, for almost 10 years now, we have been able to make a contribution through our ECA participation, which allowed the ILA to become permanently established in the Berlin region. Ensuring the ILA continues into the future, while allowing FBB to make full use of the site, is a real win-win scenario.”