However, the number is 12.6 million passengers fewer than in 2019, the pre-pandemic year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Last year, 176,649 aircraft movements were also operated at BER, marking a 7.5 per cent increase compared to 2022.
The Chief Executive Officer of BER, Aletta von Massenbach, said that more people wanted to travel by air last year. She further noted that BER reached the 2019 level last year regarding long-haul connections.
Around 20 million people used BER in 2023 for flights abroad and for flights from abroad to Berlin. This corresponds to 73 per cent of the pre-pandemic level and is a sign that people are continuing to prioritise holidays.
Due to the Christmas holidays, the number of passengers increased in December last year, reaching 1.77 million passengers. Apart from the passenger traffic, BER experienced an increase in cargo, surpassing even the levels of December 2019. More specifically, nearly 3,200 tonnes of air cargo were loaded within this airport in December last year.
EU Airports That Saw a Significant Growth in Passenger Traffic Last Year
In addition to Berlin Airport, other EU airports have witnessed a passenger traffic surge, with some surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
The airports of the Aena network in Spain, which includes 46 airports, have exceeded 2019 levels regarding passenger traffic, reaching over 283 million passengers in 2023. Of those, 189.7 million passengers travelled on international flights, and 92.6 million travelled on domestic flights.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt Airport welcomed 59.4 million passengers last year. Such a figure represents a 21 per cent increase compared to the previous year, and it stands nearly 16 per cent below the 2019 levels.
Brussels Airport recorded 22.2 million travellers in 2023marking an increase of 17 per cent compared to 2022. Last year, this airport also increased its routes and added new flights.
The Copenhagen Airport of Denmark welcomed nearly 27 million passengers last yearwhich is 21 per cent higher than in 2022. Of those, about two million people travelled during December alone.
Budapest Airport has also witnessed significant growth in passenger traffic. Last year, this airport welcomed 14.7 million travellers, reaching 91 per cent of 2019 levels.
This airport was announced the Best Airport in Europe by Airport Council International (ACI).