Infrastructure & Environment
Buildings & Facilities Master Plan
Structural development is guided by the Buildings & Facilities Master Plan produced in 1998. The Master Plan was revised in 2000.
Northwest runway extension
On 17 November, 2001, after an intense construction period of only 25 working days, the 200m northwestern extension to the runway entered operation. The new approach lighting for approaches from the west also entered operation at the same time.
After a construction period of 10 months, the terminal was officially opened on 15 May, 2003. The terminal was designed for an annual capacity of approx. 350,000 passengers and laid out specifically for optimal operational processes. Attention was paid in the construction to using the highest quality environmentally friendly materials and structurally proven solutions available, with the lowest achievable maintenance requirements. The building facilities installed fulfil today’s strict requirements in terms of energy consumption, cost-efficiency and maintenance.
Operations and Fire Brigade building
The new building for Operations and the Fire Brigade entered service at the end of 2000. The building was developed to fulfil operational requirements and houses not only the Airport Fire Brigade and the Operations department, but also the airport’s main electricity distributor.
Airport perimeter fence
The airport perimeter fence was constructed in various stages beginning in 2001. The last stage, encompassing the planned southeastern runway extension, was constructed in parallel with the new airport access road. The complete airport perimeter fence was completed in March 2006.
General Aviation Center
The two-storey General Aviation Center entered operation on 1 October, 2002, and primarily serves business travellers and private pilots.
Southeast runway extension
On 8 May, 2008, the 220m sealed extension to the runway, having been approved by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), entered into operation. The final weeks before the inspection saw very intense work to complete the project. The runway extension brought the airport into a new Reference Code classification (3c), according to ICAO regulations. Amongst the results of this reclassification, for safety reasons, new safety distances, ground markings and taxiing procedures apply. The new sealed runway, 1730m in length, means that aircraft already operating from Bern-Belp can now have a sensible, more economically viable load factor.
Master plan 2009 – 2020
As a general planning concept, the master plan encompasses the structural development of Bern-Belp Airport from 2009 to 2020. The Master Plan was approved by Alpar’s Executive Board and Supervisory Board in September 2008. It involves an expansion of the airport infrastructure. A decentralisation of today’s operations is planned. The continual intensification of the regulatory framework in terms of safety and security makes an expansion of the facilities absolutely essential.
Environment and noise
The new facility for separating waste water coming from aircraft de-icing entered operation on 15 December, 2005. The facility was especially developed for the needs of the airport, taking advantage of the latest findings in waste water technology. The system fulfils the legal requirements for water protection.
As requested by environmental protection organisations, the Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy & Communications imposed a requirement for regular noise measurements at a minimum of two locations as part of the building permission for the runway extension. The airport is thereby required to abide by the noise thresholds specified in SAIP (Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan). On 13 January, 2010, the results of the measurement periods 2008 – 2009 were presented to the public. At all three measuring sites, the results were below the threshold levels at all times, in some cases significantly so. The environmental protection organisations have recognised the correctness and integrity of the independent measuring stations and the verification of the results by EMPA.
Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)
All aerodromes in Switzerland require Operating Regulations which regulate the use of the facility. The basis for the Operating Regulations is the Objectives Sheet produced within the framework of the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP).
Further information is available from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)