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Berlin-Brandenburg: Board approves the 2017 annual accounts

Progress in audit at the BER

The supervisory board of Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg unanimously approved the 2017 annual accounts in the meeting after a hearing from the auditors. Other topics were the report on the state of completion at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, a report on the current financial negotiations with banks, guarantors and shareholders, the restructure of the BER terminal labelling and the revitalisation of the capital region with the allocation of aerospace rights to long distance connections.

The Berlin airports’ operative results (EBITDA) in 2017 is clearly positive with €101.7 million. For the current year, the airport company is dealing with a compensation for the reduced volume of traffic due to the Airberlin insolvency and a moderate growth of passengers alongside a respective improvement of the operative results.

In the course of the regular reporting on the BER’s current state of completion, the supervisory board was informed of the current state of the project. The emphasis lay on the completion of systems necessary for fire protection, which is expected to remain unchanged for the first quarter of 2019.

The good development of negotiations with the main service providers for flat-rate services plays an important role. A flat-rate contract for security technology was closed with the firm Bosch and the completion of the required systems incl. the Feb 2019 operator documentation were agreed. The firm Siemens confirmed the programming of smoke extraction systems (ÜSSPS) to be concluded before the end of 2018. The necessary assessments for the works on the ÜSSPS by superior experts can therefore also be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

In their report to the board, the management described the state of negotiations over new long-distance connections particularly with China and the Middle East. The management indicated the capital region’s current structural requirements for additional aerospace rights for long-distance connections and announced a shared initiative with the Berlin and Brandenburg economies to have a long-distance portfolio worthy of the capital region latest for the BER.

The main BER terminal will be called T1, the new terminal in front of Pier Nord will be named T2. Although dependent on exact future plans, the terms T3 and T4 are reserved for the terminals to be constructed opposite the main terminal from 2022. The current Schönefeld airport will become T5.

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