20 MARCH 2017
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An opening date planned for this year for Berlin’s troubled Brandenburg Airport project has been put back again after it was found extra work on technical building facilities and alterations to the sprinkler system could not be completed in time.
Following criticism of the handling of the project, which has now dragged on for years, relevant documents have now been published online in what CEO Engelbert Daldrup said last week was “an important first step towards increased transparency”.
Business and airport consultants were commissioned in mid-2016 to undertake an independent risk assessment and feasibility study of the framework schedule and planned opening date for the airport.
Further steps were found to be necessary affecting planning and construction deadlines. “Due to this additional risk of delay, it was realised an opening in the second half of 2017 would have to be foregone,” a statement said last week.
“Effective immediately, documents provided … have been made publicly available on the website of the airport company.
“With this, [the company] hopes to put to rest speculation surrounding BER’s opening date, which has been circulating in various media outlets due to the patchy publication of the documents.”
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