13 JANUARY 2014

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Article from BTNews 13 JANUARY 2014

Berlin Brandenburg update

The opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been delayed by at least another year as problems continue to delay the facility's start-up.  That is according to Brandenburg Airport Supervisory Board Chairman and Berlin Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, quoted extensively in media reports from Germany.

Wowereit told local media this week that it “won’t be possible for the airport to open in 2014”, putting the project two-and-a-half years behind schedule.  Previously, word was that the airport would be functional in 2014, with limited capacity.  Fire safety problems as well as design faults and construction difficulties are said to be the cause of the delay.

The cost of the project, initially estimated at €2.5bn, to rocket to nearly €6bn as an additional estimated €1.1bn is required to complete the construction.  In the meantime Tegel the main airport has had to cope.  Schönefeld, on the same site as Brandenburg, and with its own railway station, has in fact prospered with the tenant airlines increasing services.

Staff and airlines still are unable to plan ahead. The ‘politically correct’ decision to close Berlin Tempelhof prematurely is now seen as a big mistake.

There is no firm news regarding the opening of New Doha International Airport another major project somewhat delayed. www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers

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