Further needs-based developments necessary

Attractive infrastructure and connectivity are the basis of modern mobility and are in the interest of society as a whole. For this reason, the national air traffic concept considers it essential to further develop a needs-based, competitive, as well as efficient infrastructure in Germany as an air traffic location.

Currently, capacities cannot be optimally deployed in many places and the COVID-19 pandemic still poses a major problem for both airports and airlines. In order to strengthen the aviation industry continuously and to secure a positive future for air traffic in Germany, modernization of airport infrastructure as well as political support for innovation programs and capacity expansions are absolutely necessary, even during this difficult phase. Well-designed intermodal transport connections are an essential component of future-oriented mobility networks. Therefore, BARIG welcomes the new German Federal Government’s aim to drive forward the expansion of rail infrastructure and to connect more airports to the rail network in a targeted manner.

Demand for air cargo and logistics has been particularly high in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, fair framework conditions in the areas of customs, taxes, and aviation security must be established in Germany first of all in order to further optimize processes in the transport of goods. Even though cargo business is currently growing steadily, certain freight and logistics processes urgently need to be digitized and designed more efficiently to secure the future of Germany’s position within the aviation industry. Innovative technologies and intermodal connectivity within supply chains offer great potential here. With regard to passenger volumes, which are expected to increase again in post-COVID times, German airports must be well-prepared and provide capacities accordingly in order to remain internationally competitive in the future.

Currently, there are various ongoing projects to strengthen airport infrastructure in Germany, inter alia in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, and Stuttgart. These projects include, for example, the expansion and refurbishment of terminals as well as the construction of additional parking positions and apron areas.

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