By Don Douloff, October 16, 2008
Work continues on the expansion of Berlin’s Schoenfeld Airport into the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI). As of 2011, all air traffic for the Berlin-Brandenburg region will be concentrated at this airport, resulting in the closure of the inner-city Tegel and Tempelhof airports.
Sporting a modern industrial architectural look, BBI will house a railway station directly underneath, offer direct highway access and feature large enough runways and taxiways to accommodated jumbo aircraft.
For 2011, a starting capacity of 22-million to 25-million passengers is planned, and depending on how traffic patterns develop, the airport can be expanded to accommodate up to 40-million passengers.
Travel times to downtown Berlin will be 20 minutes, with the airport shuttle, and about 30 minutes on the highway.