After nearly a decade of delays, Berlin airport (BER) is finally due to open its doors to flights tomorrow (October 31).

The long-awaited inauguration signals a week or so of carriers switching services from Tegel before it closes for good on November 8.

Easyjet and Lufthansa are set to be the first airlines to fly into the airport, with a special parallel landing to celebrate the opening.

Easyjet and Lufthansa to open Berlin airport with parallel landing

From the evening of October 31 Easyjet arrivals will switch from Tegel to BER, and the airport’s Terminal 1 will be put into operation from 2000.

The following day (Sunday November 1), Easyjet will be the first airline to depart from BER Terminal 1, followed by Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines services.

On the evening of November 3 Eurowings will land at BER T1 for the first time, and from November 4 both Eurowings and Vueling departures will switch from Tegel to BER.

On the same day Ryanair, SunExpress and Sundair will switch from Tegel to BER Terminal 5 (previously known as Berlin Schonefeld airport), and Belavia, Georgian Airways, Egyptair and Norwegian will move from BER’s T5 to T1.

The last scheduled flights at Tegel will take place on November 7, with Lufthansa flying into BER T1 from that evening. Then from the following day (November 8) the last wave of carriers will switch to taking off from BER T1, namely:

Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Danish Air Transport, Finnair, Iberia Express, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, SAS, Swiss and TAP Portugal.

Note that travellers who have parked at Tegel airport but are set to land at BER, will be able to avail of an hourly shuttle bus from BER from the evening of October 31 until November 8.

The airport’s rail station opened this week, with Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 located directly under Terminal 1 on level U2.

Rail station opens at Berlin airport

And the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Berlin has now opened for business, having been mothballed for the best part of a decade.