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[The Airport Informer] ‘PSIairport’, the newly delivered Baggage Handling System in Düsseldorf Airport failed Monday 29th February after the software failed to recognise the leap year date. The system thought it was 1st March.

There were red faces all around after more than 1,200 passengers were left without their bags while arriving passengers struggled to find their luggage. The airport team struggled to deliver baggage manually as a backup as the system issues started to become apparent at 5:45am on 29th February.

A spokesman for the airport admitted that the new system was only installed to Düsseldorf Airport just six months ago.

Speaking to a MailOnline Travel spokesperson, Christian Hinkel said: ‘The story is true, unfortunately.

‘On Tuesday the leap day has caused us a computer problem. In the morning it came repeatedly to disturbances in our baggage handling system.

‘The reason was a software problem. Against all plans, the system didn’t recognise the date February 29 as a ‘sort criterion’.

‘Around noon, the problem of the software company was solved by an update.

According to the company website in a news article released  in January, 2012, “PSI subsidiary PSI Logistics GmbH  received the order from the Danish company Crisplant, a subsidiary of the BEUMER Group from Beckum, for the delivery of the PSIairport/BHS Baggage Handling System and the entire hardware required for the computer center at Dusseldorf International Airport.”

An airport spokesman added by saying: “It also is not the first time this has happened.”

Düsseldorf airport handles between 25,000 to 50,000 pieces of luggage every day. “We hope that we’ll do better in four years,” a spokesman said, adding that travellers will receive their luggage within 48 hours.

The airport advises travellers not to pack necessities like medication in their suitcases and to always carry those in their carry-on baggage.

A statement about yesterday’s issues has yet to be released by the company.

 


The Airport Informer
2nd March, 2016


 


[Sky News] Billed as one of the most technically advanced airports in the world, the German capital‘s delayed new hub has a fresh glitch.

The airport site has no means to switch the lights off, officials have confessed.

The airport site has no means to switch the lights off, officials have confessed. Photo: Wikipedia

Berlin’s troubled new airport has been plagued with delays and now has a fresh technical hang-up – no-one can turn the lights off.

While the German capital has experienced one of the bleakest winters on record, there is no lack of light in Schonefeld where the new airport is being built.

The terminal lights burn around the clock because the workers on site have no means to switch them off, officials have confessed.

“It has to do with the fact that we haven’t progressed far enough with our lighting system that we can control it,” Horst Amann, the airport’s technical director, told Spiegel Online.

Planned to replace Tegel and Schonefeld airports in 2011, Berlin Brandenburg Airport – also to be known as Willy Brandt Airport – has been under construction since September 2005.

But a catalogue of technical glitches, design errors and concerns about safety equipment has delayed its opening to the point where officials dare not give a date for its completion for fear of another deadline being broken.

“I will only name a date when I can take responsibility for it,” added Mr Amann.

The cost of the project has also risen from around 2bn euros (£1.7bn) to…..

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Sky News
1st Mar, 2013



[Reuters] British travel group Thomas Cook plans to merge its German, British and Belgian airline operations, appointing a new airline management board to run the business.

Condor, Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium will become one airline segment within the group from 1st  March.

Condor, Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium will become one airline segment within the group from 1st March. Photo: Wikipedia

The world’s oldest travel group said on Tuesday that Condor, its German airline brand, Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium would become one airline segment within the group from March 1.

The move is part of a turnaround plan, the effects of which began to kick-in late last year. The company, which was thrown a lifeline by lenders last May, has seen a steady improvement in its finances and a pick-up in demand in recent months.

The new airline management board will be chaired jointly by Christoph Debus, group head of air travel, and Ralf Teckentrup, Condor’s chief executive, the company said. Former easyJet and KLM executive Cor Vrieswijk will take the reins as chief operating officer of Thomas Cook Airlines UK next month.

“At time when the European airline industry is experiencing major change, we believe that our airline will be stronger as one integrated business,” said Debus.

Frank Pullman will retire as managing director of Thomas Cook Airlines UK next month, the company said…..

Read the full story at Reuters…..


Reuters
5th Feb, 2013



[The Local] Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer has admitted that the much-delayed new Berlin BER international airport may miss its October 2013 opening deadline, yet indirectly criticised the capital’s mayor for the continuing fiasco. 

Initially the airport's opening date was set for 30 October 2011. In June 2010

Initially the airport’s opening date was set for 30 October 2011. In June 2010. Photo: Wikipedia

“The co-owner, the federal government, sees signs that the opening date of October 27, 2013 might possibly not be met,” Ramsauer told Die Welt newspaper on Wednesday.

The state governments of Brandenburg and Berlin are the other two owners of the airport which is being built to replace the Schönefeld and Tegel airports, and was last expected to open in the summer.

The latest official reason for the non-opening of the airport was that the fire warning system was not working, and Ramsauer said many tests were still needed to see whether it was now going to function.

He said the BER supervisory board, chaired by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, was responsible for the management of the project – but also that they were reliant on the managers providing all necessary information.

The main problem with the project has been that, “not all decisive facts have been laid on the table of the supervisory board,” said Ramsauer.

Yet the transport minister, who is also responsible for construction, said such problems were not unique to publicly-run projects. “Public and private building contractors cook with the same water – both give out contracts to companies,” he said.

“There are botches, delays and cost increases. That does not excuse anything for public projects, but one should not make it worse than it is,” he said.

Read the original story at The Local – Germany’s News in English


The Local
26th Dec, 2012



[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



[Telegraph] It can be cheaper to park a plane at an airport than a car, new research suggests.

Manchester Airport:  "Aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues".  Photo: Wikimedia

Manchester Airport: “Aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues”. Photo: Wikimedia

A study of 10 of Britain’s busiest airports shows that it could be cheaper to leave a light aircraft for a day at an airport than it would be to leave a car for the same amount of time.

The report cites Heathrow Terminal 5 as the most expensive, with a rate of £51.80 for a car to stay for 24 hours in the short-stay car park – although a Telegraph Travel query showed that the long-stay car park would cost £17.90 for the same time if booked in advance.

Manchester Airport charges £35 for a full day in a short-stay car park while a six-seater light aircraft would cost just £21 for the same period.

At Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, the difference in parking costs was even wider, the study suggested, citing £10.72 as the price for a light aircraft compared to £39.99 for a car.

At Edinburgh airport it costs £23.50 to park a car and £11.90 to park a plane for 24 hours.

At Glasgow airport it is £21 for a car, and £11.52 for a plane. At Birmingham it is £22.50 for a car and £10.80 for a plane, while at Bristol it is £25 for a car and £17 for a plane.

Only at Luton Airport is plane parking more expensive than car parking, at £38.88 against £36 for a car.

Russell Craig of Manchester airport told the Independent, which conducted the study: “Years ago airports made all their money from the planes. Now at Manchester, aviation income makes up less than half of our revenues. To be able to keep investing, you’ve got to find new revenue streams and some of that is car parking. But pre-booking is the way to save money. The turn-up prices are what they are.”

Paul Watters of the AA said: “These are incredible findings that sadly may not come as a surprise to drivers who often have to pay eye-watering sums for parking in……

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29th June, 2012



[Public Services Knowledge Network] With the opening date of the airport now postponed until 17th March 2013, there was an announceent from Berlin’s New Airport,  indicating something of a change in the management structure of the management project team.

The contract with the consortium responsible for project management and site supervision will be terminated:

The contract with the consortium responsible for project management and site supervision will be terminated. Photo: Dick Laubner/Berliner Flughafen

The contract with Planungsgemeinschaft Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg International, the consortium responsible for project management and site supervision, will be terminated.

At its meeting last week, the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH discussed postponing the opening date of the new airport under construction as well as the next steps to be taken to complete Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt.

According to an official statement on the Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, the opening date of the airport will be postponed to 17 March 2013.

It was also announced that Dr. Manfred Körtgen, Managing Director for Operations and Construction, will leave the company and the contract with Planungsgemeinschaft Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg International, the consortium responsible for project management and site supervision, will be terminated.

The new airport will replace three airports in Berlin. Tempelhof Airport closed in 2008, and Tegel Airport is scheduled to close in 2013. The terminal infrastructure of the existing Berlin Schönefeld Airport will be closed in 2013, with Berlin Brandenburg overtaking Schönefeld’s southern runway.

Construction costs are estimated at 2.5 billion Euros.

Read the original story at Publics.bg


publics.bg
21st May. 2012



[Reuters] Deutsche Lufthansa plans to seek large compensation payments from Berlin airport.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open on 3 June as planned due to insufficient fire-prevention safeguards

Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open on 3 June as planned due to insufficient fire-prevention safeguards.  Photo: Wikipedia

May 13 (Reuters) – It’s seeking the monies from the operators of Berlin‘s newest airport as the delayed opening in Germany’s capital city may inflict unforeseen costs on the country’s biggest airline, Die Welt reported, citing executive board member Carsten Spohr.

Costs will include spending on training additional staff needed to handle an expected increase in passenger volumes at Tegel airport, Spohr was quoted as saying in an interview.

Tegel will stay open after a decision this week by Berlin operators to delay the opening of the city’s new airport, scheduled for June 3, until…..

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BERLIN
Sun May 13, 2012



[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.
Photo: Wikipedia

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…..

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Spiegel Online
10/05/2012



[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……

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