Berlin (dpa) – The federal government wants to help the aviation industry, which has been hit hard by the corona pandemic. Financial aid is planned, also for the capital’s BER airport.
There is also an understanding between Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), the German press agency learned Sunday from government circles. The “Handelsblatt” had previously reported on it.
A 500 million euro federal government aid is planned for airports in trouble. Countries should contribute another 500 million euros. There were “largely” positive comments from countries, he said.
The crown crisis caused passenger numbers to collapse and no rapid improvement is in sight. Airports have little income, but they have to pay operating costs. At a business and politics “air traffic summit” about two weeks ago, Scheuer spoke of a 1 billion euro rescue package. At the time, however, there was still no agreement with Scholz.
Scheuer had proposed a 50:50 model. Half of the responsibility should fall on the federal states and the municipalities where the airports are located, and 50 percent on the federal government.
In a presentation by the Ministry of Finance to the budget committee of the Bundestag, aid is provided for the airports of Berlin, Cologne-Bonn and Munich, in which the federal government participates.
The budget committee will discuss the federal budget for 2021 next Thursday at the so-called adjustment meeting and the Bundestag will approve the budget in mid-December.
The background for the additional aid for the capital BER airport is a significantly larger financial gap. The airport had recently opened after years of delays.
According to the presentation of the Ministry of Finance, the management of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has determined a financial requirement for next year of up to 660 million euros on the basis of the 2021 business plan and with a view to the effects of the pandemic, which does not they can cover with their own contributions and other savings measures. could. The federal government thus accounted for 171.6 million euros according to the shareholder’s participation.
The shareholders of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH are the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, each with a 37 percent stake, and the federal government with a 26 percent stake.
In 2020, about 30 percent of passengers have flown to Berlin airports compared to 2019, according to the staff. A return to the number of passengers is only expected as in 2019 between 2023 and 2027.
German air traffic control should also be supported. According to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, the capital stock in the 2021 federal budget will be increased by 300 million euros. This is intended to ensure the loss of income due to the crown and the continuation of operations. Air traffic control belongs to the federal government.
The federal government had already supported the ailing Lufthansa with a $ 1 billion rescue package.