Berlin Airport Chaos Much Greater than First Thought: Spiegel

Posted: May 11, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe, Germany
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[Spiegel] Airlines are shuffling their schedules and politicians are trading barbs in the wake of the announcement earlier this week that Berlin‘s much touted new international airport would not open early next month as planned.  

Sources told the newspaper that it will be at least six months before the airport is ready to open

Sources told the newspaper that it will be at least six months before the airport is ready to open.
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Passengers and airport businesses are waiting for a decision on a new opening date, which could be announced next week.

The announcement earlier this week that Berlin’s new international airport will not open on June 3 as planned has left airlines scrambling to make changes to their summer schedules and local politicians running for cover.

Airport and local government officials said Tuesday that the international airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER), would not be opening on schedule due to problems with the fire safety equipment.

A new opening date is expected to be set early next week, but several reports indicated that there was disagreement as to when the facility, to be named after former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, will be ready.

Berlin and the eastern state of Brandenburg reportedly wanted the airport to open by the middle of August, around the time when local summer school and government holidays end.

The Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel cited unnamed sources Thursday saying that it was not just the fire preparedness system that caused the opening’s delay, but also problems with the baggage conveyer system…..

Read the full story at Spiegel Online….

Spiegel Online

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