Fancy a snowplough? Well now’s your chance because the operator of Berlin’s airports is selling them
Following its closure on November 8 last year, the operator of Berlin Tegel airport has auctioned hundreds of items previously used at the site.
Since the end of January, Hamburg-based auction house Dechow – which previously conducted the sale of Air Berlin’s assets – has been running various lots which have included items ranging from departure lounge seating and screens to snowploughs.
Before you throw your credit card at the screen, there are a few catches to be aware of. Firstly, there is no option to view the items in the flesh before bidding on them. And second, those that cast the winning bid will have to pick up the items themselves – which could prove difficult for international buyers.
Proceeds from the auction are set to go to Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB), the operators of the recently opened Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
More than 130 lots were sold in the first part of the auction which has now closed. The cheapest item was a two-seater red bench which sold for €190 (£167), while the most expensive lot was a grey four-seater bench, for which the winning bid was €1,055 (£926).
The final auction – which ends today – focuses on the former airport’s snow removal equipment. Seven different ploughs are available. The lowest bid is currently €8,200 (£7,200), while the winning offer for a Mercedes-Benz 2031 snow removal vehicle with nearly 10,000 miles on the clock is currently sat at €19,500 (£17,100).
The financial windfall FBB is set to receive couldn’t have come at a better time. The firm has suffered significant losses over the last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last November, it reported that without an increase in traffic levels this year, it would need a €660m (£579m) injection of capital to balance its books.