Another Berlin Airport delay announced costing extra €1.2BN: Insight

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Europe, Germany
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[Global Airport Cities] The opening of Berlin‘s newest airport, Brandenburg, has now been delayed for a further 7 months in addition to previous opening delays announced earlier in the year.

A further 7 months delay to the opening of the airport will cost €1.2BN.  Photo: Wikipedia

A further 7 months delay to the opening of the airport will cost €1.2BN. Photo: Wikipedia

Horst Amann, the new chief operating officer (COO) of Berlin Airport, has announced that the ammended opening date for the long awaited Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER), has now been set for 27 October 2013.

The new date is seven months later than the previously revised opening date of 17 March 2013, and 16 months later than the originally intended grand opening in June 2012.

The airport authority said that the delays will cost the gateway an additional €1.2 billion by the time it does finally open.

The scheduled opening of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport – designed to replace Tegel Airport in western Berlin and Schoenefeld Airport in the east – on June 3 this year was scrapped just weeks before due to problems with fire safety systems.

The airport authorities said this was due to “safety concerns”, and in particular that the completion of the fire safety systems, and their subsequent structural approval, could no longer be accomplished in time.

At the time airport authorities then aimed for a date of 17 March, 2013, but this also became unrealistic given the need for fresh planning and testing.

According to Amann, the first priority was to “finalise all remaining actions plans”, with construction works due to resume in the autumn.

Construction should then be concluded by summer 2013, so that the official approval procedures can be finalised in time for a trial period of several months, he added.

Presenting his findings to the airport’s Supervisory Board, Amann said that……

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Global Airport Cities
19th Sept, 2012


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