easyJet to build hangar at Berlin Brandenburg Airport
easyJet and the Brandenburg State Government today marked the start of construction work on the future easyJet maintenance hangar at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) with a first joint cut of the spade. This first spade was announced by the words of welcome from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach, Minister of Economy, Labor and Energy of the Land of Brandenburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chairman of the Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and Stephan Erler, Country Director of easyJet, Germany.
In the coming year, the first easyJet maintenance hangar outside of Great Britain is due to be erected on the construction site of the new BER maintenance area, south-west of Terminal 1. It is expected that on a area of 19,600 m², extensive maintenance and repair work as part of light base maintenance is expected to be undertaken at this hangar site from early 2023 and as the hangar hall, ca. With an area of 10,000 m², it should offer enough space to work on four planes up to the size of the Airbus A321neo at the same time. easyJet had already opened its first line maintenance station outside of Great Britain in the summer of 2020. For easyJet, the construction of its own hangar at BER is the next logical step in order to be able to carry out work in the future. more extensive maintenance work on the Berlin-Brandenburg site on the machines parked at BER airport as well as on the entire European fleet of easyJet and thus ensure the smooth running of maintenance work on said European fleet . With a total investment volume of around 20 million euros for the maintenance station and hangar, easyJet, as the leading European airline, underlines the strategic importance of its base at the Berlin-Brandenburg site for its own network, creates high-quality jobs locally and thus strengthens the region’s economy.
Stephan Erler, Country Manager Germany at easyJet, comments: “Today’s first spade cut is an important milestone for our engagement in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg and I am very happy that after 17 years of constant engagement we, with the start of construction work of our new maintenance hangar, have now been able to take the next strategic step towards the future of our base at BER airport. As a clear sign of our loyalty to our Berlin site, we have decided to set up our first easyJet maintenance hangar outside of Great Britain here at BER airport and thus further expand our market position in the capital region, always combined with a long-term, sustainable approach for the Berlin-Brandenburg economic region.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Managing Director of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “We thank easyJet for the good partnership between us, also during the pandemic, and for its confidence in the future of BER. An investment of 20 million euros and the creation of quality jobs at BER are clear statements in favor of this region as an economic and airport area. In an international market, many places, especially during a pandemic, would have been delighted with such an investment. We see this as a compliment for the BER and an incentive for the future. “
The maintenance hangar construction project is being carried out jointly by easyJet and FBB. In this context, the airport operating company is responsible for setting up the site, civil engineering work related to the building foundations and connections to infrastructure. FBB’s share of the investment and use of space by easyJet will be refinanced through rents paid by the airline to the airport operating company. The design of the construction, the hangar superstructure and the technical installations are the responsibility of easyJet.