The terminal was built in Soviet Zone times. It hasn't been upgrade since. So ua900 was 100% correct, whether you personally like it or not.
It has nothing to do with the 30 years of absolutely perfectly managed blooming landscape since reunification.
Yup, no upgrades there. Just bare minimum maintenance, same as at TXL. The fact that both TXL and SXF are still standing after 30 years of mismanagement is a testament to the solid way in which they were built. Evidently both TXL and SXF endured years of use well beyond stated passenger capacity while seeing almost no maintenance. I still remember the amount of bad press needed to get the airport authority to redo the public bathrooms at TXL. That episode seemed representative of many other decisions.
And correct, "soviet" is a reference to the history of the terminal at SXF, not the current state of affairs in the region, that's more reminiscent of PANYNJ. I doubt the GDR ever had that kind of money to play with
This study about BER's finances takes into account COVID-19 and the resulting collapse in traffic. If you take that study and apply to any other airport today, you will find every airport in the world is losing money and will require a bailout.
So the future subsidies are not going to be unique for BER. Every airport is in the same desperate financial situation. I disagree with your implication that only BER needs subsidies.
I agree with you that lots of other airports will also need additional money due to Covid related losses of revenue. I'm however also agreeing with the assessment of the study authors that the 300 million the airport says it needs is likely overstated by around 220 million since salaries are covered by short term government aid to augment salaries (Kurzarbeitergeld) and that the real Covid impact is likely only around 80 million at this point.
Source in the penultimate paragraph (German only): https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/bris ... 84234.html
For years and years, that airport authority had one airport that makes good money (TXL) and another one that made some money (SXF) and every last penny is diverted into a construction site that likely never will make money (BER). They can blame predecessors that mismanaged for say 25 years, Covid and whatever else. But at the end of the day, they are also sitting on a time bomb since they will have problems making the payments on all the accumulated interest even in the best of times.
The original opening plan...
Anyone using these terms nowadays to describe the presence or the future either completly missed out on the last 30 years of German history. Which I don't think you did.
Or does this on purpose to insult. The whole tone of the message resembles to me the way how the "superior" West-Berliners used to talk about the "lesser" East-Berliners.
Which is especially inapropriate as the vast majority of people reponsible for the mess BER is have a "Western" background.
I grew up in East Germany, GDR or Soviet Zone (how ever you chose to name it). They are gone.
Apologies if you felt insulted, wasn't meant to be an insult, just a more detailed breakdown of old vs. new since phatfarmlines asked specifically about what will happen to the old terminal (current SXF) when BER opens. The only thing "superior" about TXL vs. SXF is proximity to downtown. In terms of amenities, both need upgrades. TXL because it was starved of investments ever since the decision to build a new airport at BER was made, and SXF because it basically also hasn't been upgraded in the last 30 years. Neither airport was designed to serve as a major hub. While Interflug operated their hub out of SXF, their traffic volume and modest route network (Europe, Africa and Middle East for the most part) combined with the travel restrictions prior to 1989 featured hardly any connecting traffic, and of course, neither THF nor TXL had that either since most of the connecting traffic was via Frankfurt or Munich. So Berlin definitely needed a better airport capable of long haul flights and accomodating connecting traffic after reunification.
Having the airport come online in 2012 could have made a difference for Air Berlin's survival, and perhaps even persuaded Lufthansa to create a third hub there via Eurowings or Germanwings. Berlin is too late in that competition now one way or another. Yes, the people responsible for the mess mostly have a "western" background. As far as I'm concerned, the "R2G" colation in charge there with representatives from both the old west Berlin, the old east Berlin, the eastern state of Brandenburg, and the mostly western federal government, they all steered that cart into the muck. Not sure who corrupted whom, but the end result is clear. The one new survivor airport is deep in the red from day 1, even without Covid it would have been hard to make money given the mountain of debt accumulated through years of "German-German" incompetence.
What people like me will miss about TXL is the convenience of getting there and the convenience of a fast check-in process. Bear with us since we've become accustomed to our sleepy little city airport and often wish it could have stuck around for flights within the region. I've flown out of THF, TXL and SXF. I've appreciated the first two for their fast in / fast out and TXL also for the LH senator lounge, which I found to be as cozy and sleepy as TXL in general. It felt more like HAM than FRA or MUC. SXF didn't have a lot of legacies, so I didn't use it a lot. I liked the hidden observation platform, the restaurant upstairs, but that lounge there wasn't on par with the senator lounge.
I understand that many people feel that the former East wasn't given a fair shake, and as someone who traveled through the former east, I tend to agree with that assessment, given that many factories and similar assets ended up in "Western" hand for a symbolic price and that Easterners were frequently excluded from the bidding process since the previous system of government there didn't allow them to accumulate the wealth required to participate in the bidding process. But I've also seen a lot of dynamic people who took the plunge to start their own business and otherwise take risks they were hitherto unaccustomed to. The current mixed airport management is a disaster though, and a sizable embarrassment that can't seem to get it straight. Financially even the best management team would have a hard time at this point to turn a profit, even without Covid.
TXL also has an amazing Besucherterasse - where you can go on the roof of the terminal and watch planes. I've spend many an afternoon taking pictures from there. I'll be sad to see it close. My profile picture is actually a shot from there!
FWIW, SXF also has a visitor deck with a decent view. Nice profile pic, I miss seeing the AB 330s at TXL. I'm sure they would have looked good at BER as well.
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