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I Have recently returned from Berlin and we flew in and out of Berlin Schonefeld airport.
The airport is to the east of central Berlin and is quite a distance from the city centre, about 20 - 30 minutes by car.
The airport is relatively small which suprised me as there are only 2 airports in the Berlin area with a city population of near 5 million, which is also growing all the time.
On arrival at the airport it was pretty straight forward, literally in and out past passport control and through into arrivals area. There was a nice little cafe which sold lager so we had a quick drink and jumped in a taxi in the centre to start our long weekender.
We flew with easyjet and on departurean experienced a delay of over 2 hours in the end, this was not the fault of easyjet - it seemed thee was a problem with air traffic control in Geneva.
The problem we had is that we were not told by Berlin airport what was going on. Departures were quite strict and the language barrier didn't help either, in this day and age unfortunately this has to be the case.
There was a relatively large duty free shop and also your usual Burger King, Pub (non-smoking) and a litle shop/gift shop.
All in all the airport was average but I think that this is due to change with a new airport being built with the popularity of the city growing all the time.
This review will be useless within a few years as Schönefeld will be replaced by a new airport, which is currently in construction next to Schönefeld. When you first land you will see a building site.
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Schönefeld International Airport is the main airport used by the budget airlines to serve Berlin. Once you arrived at the airport you will walk towards border control in which there two desks (only two officers were there at the time, but it may be able to hold four). After this you will go through a blue door, a weird thing to notice but yes it is just a normal door, just like you'd have in your house. Then you can collect your baggage, although as I was only there for a few days I didn't not have to trouble myself with checked-in luggage. Although the baggage collection facilities looked adequate.
If your German is not up to scratch then all of the signs in the airport are in German, French and English.
Once you have collected everything and been through the correct corridors you are greeted by the usual sight of taxi drivers holding signs with the names of their clients. Here there are a few shops and a place to grab a bite to eat. When you exit you can follow the signs to the train station, which can take you to the centre of Berlin. The walk to the station takes several minutes, but it is all sheltered under a giant canopy that leads you there. With a mixture of friendly Germans, maps and automatic ticket machines you should be at your destination by rail in no time, (I'd recommend Alexanderplatz as your first destination, which handily contains left luggage lockers for 4 Euros a day)
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After walking back under the canopy to return to the Airport (if coming from the S-Bahn), you enter through clearly labelled doors and proceed to check-in, although with most airlines this can be done online before you've even departed for the holiday in the first place.
The security is, as you'd expect with the usual metal-detectors and X-ray machines, only difference I could spot from normal was a policeman wearing a cowboy hat with a revolver holstered.
After all of this you end up at the gates. At this point you will realise that most of the wall space, floor space and seating is taken up by people and that it is very long and thin. Although you aren't spoilt for choice, there are still the basics, such as a Burger King, a basic snack shop and an Organic Bakery, well the bakery is not what you'd normally expect but it's a good place for a quick pre-flight snack. What is great however about this Organic Bakery is the plug sockets by the seats, allowing you to charge any items you may need for the flight. Once you have a seat at either the Bakery or Burger King I'd recommend staying there until your gate is called, because otherwise you won't be able to find a seat.
Once your gate has been called you now have the fun task of finding it, when I was there my gate was the furthest one away and was a rather long walk through many twisting corridors and down stairs.
NOTE: This review was done from memory; this review will be updated in roughly 6 months when I return to Berlin for another short break.
I travel regular to Berlin with work either through Tegel or here. If I have a choice I go for Tegel. Why it is dirty over crowded and full of passengers travelling on the cheaper airlines such as Ryan air Wizzair etc. The layout is rubbish and always seems chaotic. Especially where Ryanair check in is located.
Security and Passport is the usual computers out shoes off belts off . I know the staff are doing their job so I am now immune to the process.
Once through into the airport it is tatty a very limited range of shops selling just the basics ok you might argue that you dont come to the airport to shop but it is handy to have a few decent shops. Catering is limited Burger King and a bar but you try and find a seat.
Getting to the airport is not as easy as Tegel. I am fortunate as I get a taxi in and out however they do tend to be quite rude One driver shouted at me as I was only going a short distance to the hotel which I did not realise was only a mile from the airport. Public transport is a good five minute walk from the terminal building
Overall nothing positive to say and I will continue to use Tegel where possible
The majority of prostitutes are trafficked via budget airlines - most of them starting their journey in the former USSR countries of Moldova and Ukraine and then coming in to Western Europe via the Baltic countries or Poland through the Russian mafia or from Turkey through the Turkey and Iranian mafia. No where is the business more prevelant than at Berlin Schonefeld where there are adverts all over the arrivals section with messages in Russian with various helplines.
At least they are making an effort to tackle a prety tricky problem. I've never departed from this airport, so can't describe that part but what I can go into detail is the arrivals. I arrived from Basel and the luggage was swiftly available in what was a rather busy little room with a few flights using the same carousel.
There are 4 terminals and this airport takes in a hell of a lot of budget flights but the signs are obvious throughout the airport and whilst it is quite a long walk to the S-bahn stop, it is well connected to the centre of the city with the S-bahn. Taking about 30 to 40 minutes to get to Alexanderplatz.
Personally, I find Tegel more convenient but it just so happens that most of the cheap flights depart and arrive at Schonefeld which is more convenient than some ridiculously placed airports like Frankfurt Hahn or Paris Beauvais.
The airport is located in the town of Schönefeld in Brandenburg. Schönefeld was once the major civil airport of East Germany, and the only airport serving East Berlin.