At the heart of the aerospace industry
Where the very first flying machines were launched, way back when the Kaiser still reigned over Germany, is now the production site for a range of products spanning jet engines to model aircraft. Since 1990, the Berlin-Brandenburg region has grown to become a leading location for production, research and cutting-edge technology in the aviation industry. Heavyweights such as Rolls Royce and MTU manufacture, maintain and test jet engines and turbines. The inspection and repair of aircraft are the key business areas for Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Bombardier Services. Creative, medium-sized enterprises with international connections provide support for market leaders by offering intelligent information technologies, and develop prototypes of small aircraft and drones.
Berlin, with almost 29.5 million passengers per year, is also the third-largest location for air traffic in Germany. Berlin currently has two airports: Berlin-Schönefeld Airport in the south-east of Berlin, and Berlin-Tegel Airport, located north-west of the centre of Berlin. To create the capacities required for the future, the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) is under construction in Schönefeld in the Dahme-Spreewald administrative district, and this airport will, when opened, be used by all air transport in the German metropolitan region and therefore concentrate it in one place.
The opening is planned for the second half of 2017, and will act as another catalyst for new growth in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Even today, the aviation industry in the Berlin-Brandenburg technology region has a workforce of around 17,000 employed at more than 100 companies.