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Lufthansa is parking surplus aircraft at Berlin’s future airport

At Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, aircraft are lined up in a row: Lufthansa uses the empty area of the not yet opened to park unused aircraft.

On October 27, 2017, Air Berlin made its last flight. Only a short time later, certain aircraft of the failed German airline were temporarily parked. The apron of the future Berlin Airport BER was chosen for this purpose.

Two years ago, the area was again transformed into a parking lot. Because a new standard for registration tests led to delays in the delivery of new cars, Volkswagen temporarily parked thousands of automobiles at the airport. And now aircraft are once again lined up on the grounds of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, which is scheduled to open at the end of October.

At least 150 surplus aircraft already

Lufthansa uses the free space of BER – the Iata code the airport will use once open – to park aircraft it does not currently need. Due to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic, the group had to cancel tens of thousands of flights. A week ago, it reported that there were about 150 unused planes group-wide. A number that has been increased by the US entry ban for Europeans.

The unused Lufthansa planes have gradually arrived at BER, which is located next to the current Berlin-Schönefeld airport. But this week the rhythm increased. In addition, the group also parks aircraft at its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna, provided that space is available there. But nowhere else are there so many free and inexpensive spaces as at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport.

In the picture gallery above you can see pictures of Lufthansa planes parked at BER.

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