Flying to Berlin

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For many years, I have been a regular traveller to Berlin, usually in March for the big travel show, ITB, but at other times as well just city breaks.

In all that time I have usually flown into Schonefeld Airport on the south side of the city because that had a direct train and underground links. I eschewed the other main airport, Tegel, because it meant a bus ride before I could pick up a train to take me where I really wanted to go.

For much of the last decade, I had believed that my flight would be the last because the new Brandenburg Airport was about to open. Year’s late on its opening, the surprise is that it has now actually opened – last Sunday in fact when an easyJet flight.

The one question you never asked members of the German tourism office was for an opening date. They were as frustrated as the flyers since nobody knew what new impediment lay in the way of it opening.

It was siad there were problems with the fire equipment, with security, with flooring and rumour after rumour circulated.

Schonefeld and Tegel grew progressively shabbier as little work was done to upgrade them, the concentration being to maintain them so that they were functional.

Now both are closed and Berlin Brandenburg (code BER) is the airport I shall use when visiting Berlin.

The railway station underneath the airport has also opened and the S9 and S45 trains (the same numbered trains that served Schonefeld) will link the airport to the centre of Berlin in about 30 minutes. The trains will run at about ten minute intervals during rush hour and twenty outside, a little faster than the Schonefeld service was.

Regional trains will also link the airport as will the express Dresden – Rostock service/

Now that Brandenburg has opened, the jokes about German engineering and punctuality will die and the tourism officials will look less embarrassed.

And the rest of us will have a brand-new airport to lead us into the delights of Berlin.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Image courtesy if the airport
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