Despite postponement of the opening of BER: ILA 2012 will take place as planned

The International Aerospace Exhibition ILA 2012 will be taking place as planned from 11 to 16 September 2012 at its new venue, Berlin ExpoCenter Airport.

ILA Gelände Artist

Die ILA findet 2012 auf einem neuen Messegelände statt (Illustration: Messe Berlin).  


Dietmar Schrick, Chief Executive of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI): “We are entirely confident that the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and the airport itself remain committed to supporting the staging of the ILA and that we can expect the necessary approval procedures to proceed smoothly.”

Stefan Grave, Director of the ILA for Messe Berlin GmbH: “The organizers of the ILA will be applying to the relevant authorities for temporary flight operations areas, as was the case with the ILA in 2008 and 2010, and also for the imposition of a restricted airspace, in order to ensure that all the activities at the ILA can take place without hindrance.”

The temporary flying operations areas for the ILA 2012 include the new BER take-off and landing runways, which are already in existence, the adjacent taxiways leading to the ILA grounds, and two connecting areas between the northern and southern take-off and landing runways of the BER, as well as the link between them and the airport’s active runways. The authority responsible for issuing the necessary approvals is the Brandenburg Ministry for Infrastructure and Agriculture (MIL).

To safeguard the display areas outside the airport’s control zone the organizers of the ILA are also submitting an application for a temporarily restricted airspace. In this particular case the relevant authorities are the Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Development and German Air Traffic Control (DFS).

As has been the case for the past 20 years, guests travelling to the ILA 2012 by air will be using Berlin’s airports at Tegel and Schönefeld. The airfield at Schönhagen is available for visitors arriving by private aircraft.

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