Easy Access to BER Runway - View of the entrance to the reserved security check.

Easy Access to BER Runway

As of today, BER Runway will be even easier to use. As before, travellers can reserve a free time slot for security control 4 in Terminal 1. What is new is that at the airport, presentation of the reservation QR code, which was previously necessary, is no longer required. Travellers simply use their boarding pass at boarding pass control. This will detect any reservation automatically. In addition, travellers can now reserve BER Runway seven days before their flight. So far, this was only possible three days in advance. 

Thomas Hoff Andersson, COO Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: "We are constantly striving to make our services even better. The new BER Runway makes it even easier for all travellers to reserve a security check timeslot well in advance and only requires the use of a boarding pass for automatic access. In addition, capacity will be increased for the summer holidays, so that all security controls at Entrance 4 in Terminal 1 can be used for BER Runway, if necessary." 

In August 2022, the airport company introduced the BER Runway service for all departing passengers at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. More than 800,000 reservations have been made with BER Runway so far. BER Runway allows passengers to reserve a free timeslot online for individual access to security controls before departure, thus reducing waiting times. BER was the first airport in Europe to introduce the option of booking fixed appointments for security checks free of charge in August 2022. The average wait time is 5 to 10 minutes.

How BER Runway works: 

  • It is possible to make a BER Runway reservation via the airport website and the BER app from 7 days up to one hour in advance of the respective departure for Schengen flights and up to one and a half hours prior to the departure of non-Schengen flights. Timeslots are offered in a time window from 60 to 360 minutes before departure. When reserving a timeslot, the flight number, name of all travellers and email address must be provided. 
  • A timeslot can be selected at a fixed time every quarter of an hour. Access to BER Runway is indicated in Terminal 1. It can be used from 10 minutes before or up to 10 minutes after the selected time. Before access is granted, the boarding pass is checked and the reservation is recognised automatically.
  • The airport company also recommends that all passengers arrive at their respective terminal 2.5 hours before departure. BER Runway, however, can shorten the time required and help you to calculate your stay at the airport better. Passengers should ensure that they allow sufficient time for check-in and baggage check-in before entering BER Runway. 
  • All Runway passengers can also use the general security control access points despite having a reservation. Cancellation of the reservation is then requested. 
  • For example: Departures will take place on a Friday at 10:00 a.m. The timeslot for the BER Runway can then be reserved between 10:00 a.m. on the Friday of the previous week and 09:00 a.m. (Schengen flight) or 08:30 a.m. (non-Schengen flight) on the Friday in question. With a timeslot at 08.15 a.m., access to BER Runway will be granted between 08:05 and 08:25 a.m. on the day of departure.   

For further information about the growth industries, economic development, business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions in the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg please contact:

Sandra Koletzki ​​​​​​ | sandra.koletzki(at)airport-region.de

(Source: Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, 06|14|2023 | "Easy Access to BER Runway")