Fire safety problems delay new Berlin airport yet again: Reuters

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe, Germany
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[Reuters] The opening of Berlin’s new airport will be delayed by up to three months due to fire safety problems, authorities said on Tuesday, dealing an embarrassing blow to the German capital‘s flagship project less than a month before its planned launch.

Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past.

Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past. Photo: Wikipedia

Nearly a quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall came down and 13 years after the government moved back to Berlin as the unified capital, Germany is still struggling to open an international airport to replace two from its Cold War past.

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, which will also be known as Willy Brandt Airport after West Germany’s Cold War chancellor, had been scheduled to open on June 3. But the airport’s operator said the move from the city’s Tegel airport was suspended with immediate effect.

“It’s not a good day for airport Berlin-Brandenburg Willy-Brandt, not a good day for the citizens … and the many visitors to our region,” Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit told a news conference.

Matthias Platzeck, state premier of the neighbouring Brandenburg region, said he now hoped the airport would be open in the second half of August, after the school holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg.

The opening of what will be Germany’s third largest airport after Frankfurt and Munich, has been postponed once already.

Platzeck, who said he was “livid”, expects the airport management to set a new date by……

See the full story at Reuters….


BERLIN | Tue May 8, 2012
By Annika Breidthardt and Sabine Siebold


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