Berlin Brandenburg Airport's big ambitions revealed

Berlin Brandenburg Airport may once have been best known for its much-delayed opening, but it has weathered an exceptionally tricky first year and has big ambitions, as chief operating officer Patrick Muller tells Tara Craig

There must have been times over the years between the design and opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) that its stakeholders and the wider public, thought its opening day of would never come. What no one could have imagined, however, was that the gateway would open during a global pandemic. Chief operating officer Patrick Muller summed it up neatly by saying: “I guess it's fair to say it was a difficult first year for the airport...”

Patrick Muller joined Berlin/ Brandenburg in 2018. He was tasked with getting the delayed airport operational
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg


Pandemic opening

Muller believes BER was the first airport to carry out an ORAT (operational readiness and airport transfer) programme during a pandemic, despite the challenges posed by having to limit the number of people they could have in a room at any one time.

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