Berlin Schonefeld Airport’s redevelopment into Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) has met with strong resistance from Berlin residents (Press TV, 23-Jan-2011). Some 15,000 people protested the airport’s plans to develop into a major hub, as they believe south-east Berlin will be exposed to high levels of aircraft noise. BBI is scheduled to open in Jun-2012 and will replace the existing Berlin airport system, which comprises Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schonefeld.
Berlin Brandenburg met with fierce resistance by locals
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Among airports in Germany's Top 10 by passenger numbers, Berlin Schoenefeld was the fastest-growing in 2015. After declining between 2010 and 2013, its traffic then grew by 27% over two years. In the first three months of 2016 passenger numbers have grown by a further 43% year- on-year.
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At the same time airberlin, based at neighbouring Tegel, is losing market share in the Berlin airport system. Although Germanwings is gaining share, this is merely substituting for its parent Lufthansa. By the situation at Schoenefeld, Berlin is a good illustration of how LCCs continue to take share from legacy airlines on intra-Europe routes.