€5.1 billion Berlin airport may open in 2017

Berlin’s new international airport may finally open in 2017, a full six years behind schedule, according to a Reuters report citing the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.


€5.1 billion Berlin airport may open in 2017


Berlin’s new international airport may finally open in 2017, a full six years behind schedule, according to a Reuters report citing the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The €5.1 billion Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport which has been delayed numerous times due to technical problems and red tape, will not become a white elephant, according to Ralf Kunkel, a spokesman for Berlin’s airport authority.

The airport’s costly setbacks damaged Germany’s reputation for solid engineering and organisational skills and Kunkel has spoken out against a recent report which said the airport may never be finished because its building permit expires in November 2016.

Kunkel said that extending the permit would not be necessary as construction work will be completed in March 2016. “There’s been no change in the schedule – we want to be finished with construction by March 2016,” he said.

“After that the airport will be tested. The opening is planned for the second half of 2017. So why should it end up being an abandoned building?” Previous opening dates passed unsuccessfully one after the other, in 2012 and 2013.