1,098 suitcases, 26 flights, 410 boarding passes – the future city airport, BER, started its trial operations as scheduled on 30 April, with around 280 employees from airline partners, aviation ground services, security service providers or the Federal Police, as well as the FBB.
However, owing to the Corona pandemic, there were numerous restrictions: Employees could only partake if they were absolutely required to do so, all wearing a mask over their mouths and noses and with a minimum distance of 1.5 m between them. Despite those involved being confronted by something somewhat different to what was initially expected, all operations were tested as planned.
On the agenda was the use of employee routes, identification and landside connections, check-in, the use of boarding pass, security and border controls. Section 8 of the Aviation Security Act (LuftSiG) was simulated as activated for the operation. There was also boarding and disembarking via passenger boarding bridges and buses, simple PRM processes and the use of baggage handling systems. The ACC, security, terminal and technical field office and other control rooms were in operation as well.
Everyone was extremely happy with the first day’s achievements. At present, tests will be performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The decision has not yet been made as to whether the trial operations can continue until the end of June using extras as originally planned. Owing to the Corona pandemic, it may be necessary to continue trialling operations using employees only.