Berlin Delayed to October 2013

Though it looks certain to be a world-class facility when it is operational, the opening of Berlin's BER has already been delayed twice. (Berlin Airports) (Alexander Obst / Marion Schmieding Berlin Airports)

The opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been further delayed and will now open on October 27, 2013, at the start of next year’s winter schedule.  The airport’s new COO Horst Amann announced the news following an evaluation of the airport with the Supervisory Board.
The airport was originally supposed to open on June 3, 2012, but was postponed to March 17, 2013, after issues were found with the airport’s fire protection system.
Mr Amann said all remaining action plans must now be finalised.  All construction works will apparently resume this autumn and be completed by summer 2013, so that official approval procedures can be finalised in time for a trial period.
The board has also noted that there is an additional capital requirement of €1.2 billion (US$1.5bn) and is discussing how this can be met.
Regarding fire safety, Mr Amann said that further work was needed on the plans, and that the original installations were “improper […] as a result of the accelerated work programme” to meet the first deadline.
Schönefeld and Tegel airports will now close on October 26, 2013, in preparation for the overnight move to the new airport.  (BER)