Berlin's BER wins award for best airport in Europe

Berlin's BER wins award for best airport in Europe

Berlin’s infamous BER airport has won the title of the best airport in Europe, according to a ranking by the UK-based travel portal Eurochange.

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport ranked best in Europe

Scoring an overall 79,5 out of 100, Eurochange has ranked Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt as the best airport in Europe.

The airport scored particularly high in three considered categories; punctuality of departing and arriving flights, attractions for children and the cost of beer. According to Eurochange, 80 percent of flights in and out of BER are punctual. 

BER opened its gates in autumn 2020, after 14 years of construction, an opening delay of nine years and over budget by 6 million euros

The project was so much of a prolonged national laughing stock, that the Willy Brandt Foundation and former chancellor’s family began to distance his name from the airport. Could it all have been worth it for a reasonably priced beer in the departure lounge?

Munich and Hamburg ranked among best airports in Europe

While BER took the top spot, two other German airports made it into the top five, with airports in Munich and Hamburg coming in second and fourth respectively.

The Bavarian airport also did well for punctuality and beer affordability, and scored considerably better than BER when it came to the choice of shops in which passengers could pass the time. Hamburg was praised in the same departments as BER, punctuality, children’s attractions and the cost of beer, but did less well when it came to shops available, scoring a 72,5 overall.

Top 10 best airports in Europe

According to Eurochange, these are the top 10 airports in Europe and their scores:

  1. Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt: 79,5
  2. Munich Airport: 74,5
  3. Brussels Airport: 73,5
  4. Hamburg Airport: 72,5
  5. Stockholm Arlanda Airport: 70,5
  6. London Heathrow Airport: 69,5
  7. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 69,5
  8. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport: 69,5
  9. Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport: 67

To find out more or read the entire Eurochange ranking click here.

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Olivia Logan


Olivia Logan

Editor for Germany at IamExpat Media. Olivia first came to Germany in 2013 to work as an Au Pair. Since studying English Literature and German in Scotland, Freiburg and Berlin...

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