Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport is currently the second largest airport serving Berlin after Tegel Airport. Established shortly before the Second World War, Berlin Schoenefeld would later be occupied by Soviet forces and become the major civil airport of East Germany.
Located in the town of Schoenefeld, Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport, often referred to as Schoenefeld, is located roughly 11 miles southeast of central Berlin. The airport is home to one concourse and four small terminals including three that handle regularly scheduled flights. Since 2008, Terminal C, which was originally designed for travel to Israel, has been used primarily for sightseeing trips and special events.
Airport Statistics & Amenities
The eighth busiest airport in Germany, Berlin Schoenefeld is well equipped with a number of modern amenities and facilities. Multiple ATMs and a post office are available, and for international travelers, the onsite currency exchange can prove invaluable.
Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport
Although the airport has recently made its name as a hub for low-cost airlines, Schoenefeld still offers world-class service to its travelers. Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, including free access in many of the airport’s lounges. Especially convenient for business travelers, many of the airport’s lounges also offer fax, photocopying, and printing services. A conference center that is located less than a mile from the terminal can also be booked for guest use.
Berlin Schoenefeld Airport History
After World War II, German air-carriers were banned from accessing the city of Berlin. Due to its location in outside of the city limits, Berlin Schoenefeld was the only one of the three Berlin-based airports to allow German-carrier service during the Cold War. Since Schoenefeld was also the only one of the three airports not located in West Berlin, for years the airport became a major part of travel behind the Iron Curtain.
With the fall of the Soviet Union and German reunification in 1990, Schoenefeld Airport would gradually see a decline in passengers and a reduction in its overall significance. Combined with the two additional airports, as well as increasing concerns about noise, pollution, and congestion, the German government eventually decided to consolidate all of Berlin’s air traffic.
In 2004, it was decided that the Schoenefeld Airport site would be used as the site of this brand new airport. Groundbreaking on Berlin Brandenburg Airport commenced in 2006, and in 2007, the old northern runway of Schoenefeld was closed. Although left with only one working runway, Schoenefeld has continued to operate efficiently, in part due to the extension of this remaining runway. Once Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens, although the terminal and apron areas of Schoenefeld will undergo major redevelopment, the extended runway will continue as an integral part of the new airport.
Berlin Schoenfield is easily accessed from the city of Berlin and the surrounding areas. Both the Berlin S-Bahn and RE AirportExpress run regularly scheduled trains to Flughafen Berlin- Schoenefeld, a train station located about a quarter of a mile from the terminal buildings. The S-Bahn train lines include S9 and S45, both of which run slightly slower than the AirportExpress, which runs every 30 minutes. The AirportExpress offers stops at many of Berlin’s important stations and a direct link to the center of the city.
Bus options to the airport include local BVG bus lines, the X7 express bus, and the N7 night bus. The SXF1 express bus is a semi-commercial option that is slightly more expensive, but which runs every 20 minutes to Sudkreuz Station and connects to several major Berlin locations.
Car access to the airport is another option. Taxi’s are available outside the terminal building and there is plenty of short and long-term parking available around the airport.