Berlin’s current secondary airport Schoenefeld is no longer, at least on paper. The Airport has changed its IATA code from SXF to BER.
While the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) will officially open on October 31st, the former Schoenefeld Airport has now been renamed to ‘BER Terminal 5’. The signs on its building were already changed out earlier this month.
Even though BER is a new airport, Schoenefeld continues to serve as a terminal, as the capacity would otherwise not be sufficient. The old and new airport share a location, which makes this possible in the first place. Both the new terminal 1 & 2 complex, as well as the old terminal are connected to the city and each other via rail and bus.
Schoenefeld previously served mostly as a low-cost airport for the German capital. Airlines flying to SXF included Ryanair and Wizz Air. For the time being, both airlines are continuing to use the location, now known as ‘Terminal 5’.
Berlin Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL) on the other hand, will close its doors on November 8th, one week after the new terminal at Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens up. The final flight from Tegel will be operated by Air France.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.