Schönefeld Airport (EDDB) - Jet Charter Services
Berlin Schönefeld Airport owes its life to construction delays.
Scheduled for closure more than a decade ago when planning began for a new Berlin airport, Schönefeld got a reprieve as construction lagged and air traffic increased.
It will now remain standing – enlarged and modernized even – when the new – and contiguous -- Berlin Brandenburg Airport (hopefully) opens in 2020.
What is Berlin Schönefeld Airport’s code?
IATA code is SXF; ICAO is EDDB.
Where is Berlin Schönefeld located?
Schönefeld Airport, one of Berlin’s two international airports, is located 11 miles southeast of the center of Berlin. It sits on the southern perimeter of Berlin near the town of Schönefeld in the Brandenburg district. A four-lane federal road (B96a) connects Autobahn A113 directly into the airport.
There is a train station at the airport that takes passengers to the city in 30 minutes.
Airport Information for Schönefeld Airport (EDDB, SXF)
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Can I charter a private jet at Berlin Schönefeld?
Yes, it’s easy to rent a private charter jet into or out of Berlin Schönefeld Airport from Paramount Business Jets and other airline brokers.
The general aviation terminal, located in the southern part of Berlin Schönefeld Airport, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is operated by BAS Berlin Aviation Service.
If you hire a private charter jet at SXF, all passengers and aircraft must be handled by authorized ground crews. Self-handling is not allowed.
Get a Private Jet Quote To or From Schönefeld Airport
At Paramount Business Jets you can hire chartered private jets to and from Schönefeld Airport with as little as 4 hours of notice. All flights booked via Paramount Business Jets are operated by certified direct air carriers that meet and exceed the FAA part 135 and 121 protocol or a foreign equivalent safety authority. Furthermore, Paramount Business Jets subscribes to ARGUS for their third party safety checks of operators, aircraft, and crews prior each and every flight to and from Schönefeld Airport and worldwide.
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How big is Berlin Schönefeld Airport?
In 2017, Schönefeld became Germany’s fastest growing airport, passing up Cologne/Bonn Airport for the first time. Its 13 million passengers that year were a 10 percent increase over the year before.
The airport operates five terminals -- A, B, C, D departures, D arrivals -- plus a general aviation terminal (Allgemeine Luftfahrt) on its 2.5 square mile site.
The terminals have a total area of about 200,000 square feet.
There are 47 check-in desks in the terminals.
The runway is 12,000 feet long.
The airport has restaurants, shops and a terrace on the roof of Terminal A where visitors can watch planes coming and going.
What to expect at Schönefeld
“Passengers at Schönefeld Airport can expect a diverse offering both before and after check-in. Spacious duty-free walk-through shops invite passengers to have a browse after the security checkpoints in Terminal A and D. Just a few steps further and you will find interesting shops selling fancy souvenirs and many other accessories and specialities, as well as best-sellers from the convenience & books/print media area,” according to a 2018 press kit provided by the Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
“Given that all terminals are linked to each other in the security sector, passengers can benefit from all of the offerings before departing, regardless of the gate from which they are flying. The offering has been significantly expanded in recent months in the public area.
“A trendy fashion and souvenir concept is waiting to be discovered in Terminal A. Travelers and visitors are provided here with a culinary concept offering the finest freshly prepared fast food and a small supermarket for making your first or last purchases.”
Is Schönefeld going to close?
No. After a decade of indecision and drama, it was announced at the end of 2017 that Schönefeld would remain open even after the new Berlin Brandenburg (BER), to be built at the same location, is finished in 2020.
After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the city planned to close the two existing international airports, Schönefeld (SXF) and Tegel Airport (TXL) and build one big one, Berlin Brandenburg (BER), to replace them both. Before the reunification, Schönefeld was used to serve East Germany and Tegel, the larger of the two, was used to serve West Germany.
They were both old, in need of renovation and not large enough to handle the growing number of air travelers into and out of Berlin.
Schönefeld enlarged as stopgap
In 2016-2017, Schönefeld Airport’s terminal, security area, and check-in area were upgraded and expanded to ease overcrowding until Berlin Brandenburg opens – now projected for 2020-2021.
In the early stages of planning for a new airport, Schönefeld was going to be closed when the new airport – construction started in 2006 -- was opened in 2011. Then, it was going to be closed when the new airport’s opening was scheduled for 2012.
Even before all the delays, cost overruns, poor construction, planning, corruption and failure to meet safety codes jettisoned the opening date into 2020 or 2021, airport officials knew something had to be done in the meantime. So, Schönefeld was enlarged but was still set to close several years after the new airport opened. However, due to its growing number of passengers, it appears Schönefeld Airport will remain open indefinitely as an additional terminal. Schönefeld's terminals will be used to handle low-cost carriers.
As it morphs into Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), the land on which Schönefeld Airport sits will be enlarged to 6 square miles. Its extended runway will become BER’s north runway. The south runway will be a new 13,000-foot runway.
Additional air traffic means additional ground traffic. Creating new traffic patterns to alleviate the bottlenecks has become part of the airport’s plan.
Eventually, Tegel International Airport will be closed and all air traffic will fly into Schönefeld/Brandenburg Airport. Industry – especially as aerospace -- is expected to grow in the area.
It is already the location of much of Germany’s aerospace industry with more than 20,000 workers employed at Berlin airports. There are also 15 technical colleges and universities that focus on the aerospace industry.
Already increasing air traffic is expected to increase even more when BER opens and adds more long-distance routes that can be scheduled to fly out of Berlin.
Fly in for the Berlin Film Festival
A half million people converge on Berlin every February to watch hundreds of the best films from around the world at the Berlin Film Festival.
It’s easy to charter a private jet into Schönefeld for the Berlin Film Festival.
Called the Berlinale, the festival, first held in 1951, is considered as prestigious as the film festivals in Venice and Cannes.
Some 20 films – there is an emphasis on European and American movies -- compete for top awards, including the Golden Bear for the best feature film and Silver Bears in numerous other categories.
In addition to the screenings, there is a trade fair, the European Film Market, for those in the industry, including distributors, producers and financiers; a week-long series of lectures and workshops for young filmmakers; panel discussions; and programs focused on looking at ways film and other arts interact.
History of Schönefeld
Only a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, discussions began about the need to have one airport to service all of Berlin. Talks intensified after reunification the following year.
They may not have had to move heaven and earth to get this new airport built, but they did have to move two villages. More than 300 residents of Diepensee were paid to move to Königs Wusterhausen, and 35 villagers in Selchow were resettled in Grossziethen.
Here are some important dates in the history of the airports:
- 1934: The Henschel Aircraft Plant starts building aircraft in Schönefeld. Three runways are built.
- 1946: The Soviet airline Aeroflot starts a scheduled service between Moscow and Schöenefeld.
- 1960: The airport is used by West Germans to get to places such as Prague and Budapest.
- 1963: A bus line starts operating between Charlottenburg (West Berlin) and Schönefeld Airport.
- 1969: The airport handles more than one million passengers per year.
- 1976: Terminal A opens.
- 1985: Terminals B and C open.
- 1990: Plans for a new Berlin Airport begin immediately after reunification. The proposed locations are Jüterbog, Schönefeld and Sperenberg.
- 1991: The airport is closed down after German reunification, being used only by the air force.
- 1996: Berlin, Brandenburg and the Federal Republic of Germany agree to build an international airport at a significantly enlarged Schönefeld Airport.
- 2003: The airport, which had been used for charter flights in the 1990s, starts to pick up commercial low-cost airlines.
- 2009: It is decided to add Willy Brandt, the 1971 Nobel Peace laureate of who served as mayor of West Berlin from 1957 to 1966, to the name of the airport.
- 2010: Business is booming. With low-cost carriers accounting for more than 80 percent of air traffic, Schönefeld handles some 7.3 million passengers.
- 2011: The Ministry of Transport in Potsdam approves the application for the new government airport in Schönefeld. Testing and trial runs begin at the new Brandenburg Airport.
The Berlin ExpoCenter Airport is built at the airport. It will host the ILA Berlin Air Show, the third largest in the world.
- 2012: Brandenburg (BER) undergoes – and fails – a trail run of the new airport. Some 10,000 test passengers from Berlin and Brandenburg tested their new airport in May. All airport procedures – from check-in through security checks to boarding – were tested. The June opening date was canceled.
- 2015: The runway at Schönefeld Airport, which will later become the BER north runway, is renovated.
FBOs and Handlers at Schönefeld Airport, EDDB, SXF
|Aviation Handling Service||(493) 060-3880|
|Feras Germany Gmbh||(493) 060-4604|
|Signature Flight Support||GENERAL AVIATION TERMINAL, BERLIN D12529
||49 30 609178340|
|Acciona Airport Services Gmbh||ACCIONA AIRPORT SERVICE||(493) 060-5534|
|Swissport||FLUGHAFEN BERLIN-SCHONEFELD||(493) 060-5550|
|B.L.A.S. Airport Service||(493) 067-3091|
|Lufthansa Bombardier Avia Svcs||LUFTHANSE||(493) 088-4600|
|Execujet Europe||+49 30 8875 4700|
|Bas Berlin Aviation Service Gmbh||Berlin Schönefeld Airport
General Aviation Terminal
|+49 30 6091 78300|
|Windrose Air||Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld
Georg-Wulf-Str. 3 · GAT
|+49 30 64 31 70100|
|Vip Aviation Berlin Gmbh||AIRPORT SCHONEFELD
GAT / GEB.Y018
BERLIN, BERLIN D-12521
|Jet Aviation||Berlin Schönefeld airport||+49 30 6091 8260|
|Evo Jet Services||+1 415 404 6133||www.evo-jet.com|
METAR Weather Data at Schönefeld Airport, EDDB, SXF
|OBSERVED||Tue Sep 18, 15:20 EDT|
|NOW||Tue Sep 18, 15:37 EDT|
|AGE||17 min ago|
|WIND||SSE at 8 mph|
|VISIBILITY||greater than 7 miles|
|BAROMETER||1013 hPa (29.91 in Hg)|
|METAR||EDDB 181920Z 16007KT CAVOK 22/09 Q1013 NOSIG|