Berlin Brandenburg Airport recorded the highest number of arrivals and departures for the first time
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) announced that the airport recorded the highest number of arrivals and departures for the first time since its opening.
A BER spokesman said the airport saw more than 70,000 arrivals and departures per day during the Easter holiday, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
On April 15 alone, the airport had more than 73,000 passengers. These figures suggest that the number of arrivals and departures at the BER has reached more than 60% of the levels recorded during the pre-pandemic period.
It was explained that such high numbers were recorded mainly due to travelers leaving the country.
In this regard, the BER spokesperson pointed out that on Sunday, April 24, the airport expects to register another wave as the majority of travelers will return to the country.
BER had previously predicted that until April 24, the airport would register more than 70,000 passengers. Also, the same predicted that during the Easter holidays, 50,000 to 65,000 passengers would use the BER daily.
In addition, the same warned of possible longer waiting times due to lack of staff.
“For air travel abroad, there are still country-specific requirements related to the pandemic that make flights more complex and slow down processes at the airport. In addition, longer waiting times cannot always be ruled out due to illness-related absences and occasional staff shortages at process partners,” Ber said.
Previously, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol, showed in its latest report that Germany continues to be one of the most active countries. Eurocontrol data reveals that from April 7 to 13, Germany recorded a total of 4,432 flights, 25% less than the same week in 2019.
Taking into account the Easter holidays, the number of flights recorded from April 14 to April 20 could be significantly higher. However, the official data has not yet been released.
Germany continues to see increasing numbers of arrivals and departures despite COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, all travelers are required to hold valid COVID-19 proof when arriving in Germany.
Travelers must present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate for unrestricted entry.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that Germany has reported 572,348 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the past seven days.
As for vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that Germany has administered 172,534,866 doses of the vaccine so far. He further explains that 91.0% of the population completed the primary vaccination and that 70.7% received a booster injection.