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‘ILA – Berlin’ – Berlin Air Show will move to new location at BBI – Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in 2012

June 18th, 2011

 

ILA-Berlin 2009

ILA-Berlin 2009 - foto OTA-Berlin Constituency Blog - A. Vasilesky

‘ILA – Berlin’ is one of the world’s major air shows, not as large as Farnborough or Paris but equal in regional importance to other shows like Dubai and Singapore.

It is certainly the oldest – the original Berlin air show was in 1909 and a special anniversary was held in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

The new ILA-Berlin grounds are to be located directly beside the new BBI – Berlin Brandenburg airport, just 30 minutes from Berlin’s centre Berlin.

Compared with the previous location, across from the old Schoenefeld airport, the ILA-Berlin’s new location will be reduced in size – more compact – but also shortening the walking distances for attendees.

Dates for next year’s ILA-Berlin are 11/ 16 September 2012 with the first three days of the ILA being trade-days and reserved exclusively for trade visitors. The Saturday/Sunday days will be open to the public and feature the usual programme of flying displays.

Last year’s numbers of exhibitors -the highest in all of its100-year history – was 1,153 exhibitors from 47 countries aircraft and related aerospace products and services.

Attendance at the 2010 ILA-Berlin was circa 235,000 in total of whom 125,000 were estimated to have been trade visitors.

Meanwhile BBI itself – Berlin’s new international airport and one of the capital city’s most important infrastructure projects – seems to be behind schedule and mired in some controversy.

With an area of nearly 2,000 soccer fields and 2 paralell run-ways, the Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been named after the former Berlin mayor and German Chancellor Willy Brandt, but will simply be referred to as BBI because “Willy Brant” it is a stupid name for an airport. [read previous blog article about this issue – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/12/13/schoenfeld-bbi-airport-to-be-renamed-willy-brand-airport-%E2%80%93-a-clearly-stupid-decision/ ]

The new Northern German airline hub on Berlin’s outskirts   is set to open in June 2012 and will replace Tegel and Schoenfeld airports- the historic Tempelhof airport was closed in 2008.

The scheduled and planned opening date is now set for June 3rd next year – which already incorporated a 7-month delay- and some are saying that even this date deadline is going to be difficult to meet.

ILA-Berlin’s website – http://www.ila-berlin.de/ila2010/home/index_e.cfm

Previous OTA-Berlin Constituency Blog articles about BBI airport and ILA show –

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/05/09/bbi-berlin-brandenburg-international-airport-has-open-house-before-opening/

and

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/08/02/opening-of-new-berlin-airport-%e2%80%98bbi%e2%80%99-berlin-branderburg-international-has-been-moved-back-7-months-now-set-for-june-2012/

and

http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/08/24/berlin-airports-on-course-for-record-annual-traffic-in-2010/

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