Germany is financially supporting the aviation industry, which has been shaken by the corona crisis. The state air traffic control DFS is getting an increase in the share capital of 300 million euros, as became known after the adjustment meeting of the German Bundestag budget committee on Friday. DFS boss Klaus-Dieter Scheurle said that this covered a large part of the corona-related loss of sales.
“DFS compensates for the rest of the failure caused by the collapse in air traffic with savings measures on the one hand and with own funds.” Airlines had feared that air traffic control could significantly increase its fees if the virus pandemic made too great a loss.
Capital airport BER is to receive 171.6 million euros
The budget committee also cleared the way for the support of airports in which the federal government is involved. The newly opened BER airport, for example, is to receive EUR 171.6 million, Munich Airport EUR 65.8 million and Cologne / Bonn Airport EUR 23.2 million. Union housekeeper Eckhardt Rehberg (CDU) spoke of a legitimate step. “If you are a co-owner, you also have to compensate.” The funds should flow, even if the other airport owners provide money.
In addition, smaller airports are to be exempted from paying air traffic control fees of around EUR 20 million in 2021. “This step has been overdue for years and finally ensures fair competition,” said the regional airfields interest group (IDRF). Because so far the 16 major airports have not had to pay for the costs of the federal air traffic control, while the 40 regional airports have to bear these costs themselves.
An agreement between the federal and state governments on a rescue package of one billion euros for all German airports is still pending. Negotiations are currently underway about a 50:50 cost sharing. At the air traffic summit, the federal and state governments decided to help the airports financially through the crisis.
BER temporarily closes the Schönefeld terminal and runway
Shortly after the opening, the capital city BER airport will temporarily close a terminal and a runway. The reason is that air traffic has recently collapsed further, said BER boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup on Friday after a board meeting. “That’s why we have to save.” The number of passengers is likely to fall to nine million in 2020 and, with an expected ten million, will only reach 30 percent of the pre-crisis level next year. Therefore, from December, the southern runway will be taken off the network, said Lütke Daldrup. In addition, Terminal 5 – the old Schönefeld Airport – is to be closed for a year from around spring.
Because of the Corona crisis, the three owners Berlin, Brandenburg and the federal government would have to support the BER operating company FBB significantly financially in 2021, said Lütke Daldrup. Loan agreements for 660 million euros have already been negotiated. The goal, however, is not to use the full amount. FBB will save, most of the workforce will probably have short-time work for the whole of next year and postpone investments. If the operating costs can be gradually adjusted, it will still be possible – as originally planned – to make a profit in 2025. (what, Reuters)
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