The airport company FBB is once again meeting in crisis mode. The Supervisory Board does not anticipate a recovery in air traffic at the pre-crisis level until 2025.
The originally scheduled two-day strategy conference was shortened to one day due to the current corona situation and took place as a video conference. Among other things, the number of passengers was discussed. This is currently at the "lowest level", it says in the broadcast. On average, around 7.500 passengers were handled every day at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in the first few weeks of January, which was only around ten percent of the previous year's level. In general, like all other German airports, the airport company expects air traffic to recover only slowly. According to their estimates, this year, with 10,7 million passengers, only a third of the volume of 2019 can be achieved. Many airlines have significantly reduced their fleets, cut jobs and reposition themselves on the market.
The management of the airport company therefore presented the Supervisory Board with three possible scenarios as to when the pre-crisis level of 2019 of 35,6 million can be reached again. In the best case scenario, this would be possible in 2023, in the worst case in 2027. The development depends crucially on when the vaccines are available globally and nationwide, when the quarantine regulations are relaxed or respectively. be lifted and how quickly the economy recovers. As the management announced to the supervisory board, they are assuming a medium scenario as the basis for the business plan. According to this, reaching the pre-corona level in 2025 is realistic.
"Only when a vaccine against the corona virus is globally and nationwide available will travel restrictions be relaxed or lifted. The airport company therefore does not expect air traffic to recover to pre-crisis levels until 2025. We as a company will make every effort to work as cheaply as possible until then. We will have to cope with painful cuts. Until we have reached the pre-Corona level, we will continue to be dependent on the support of our shareholders ”, so Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.