Berlin Brandenburg: Delayed Beyond 2013

The opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has been delayed for a fourth time with no prospect of a launch this year.
The airport’s joint owners, Berlin, Brandenburg and the German Government, met the management team from Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH on January 7 to discuss the construction delay.  The airport operator’s press office subsequently announced that its Chief Operating Officer (COO), Horst Amann, believed the proposed opening date of October 27, 2013, “is no longer viable.”
A previous meeting attended by Mr Amann, Rainer Bomba and Ralf Christophers from the airport operator’s supervisory board and other representatives of the German Government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg was held at the airport on December 18, 2012.  Representatives of Siemens and Bosch were also present.  Commenting on the meeting discussion, Mr Amann said: “We evaluated the current situation and next steps concerning the construction work at BER.  The analysis highlighted that there was an increased risk that the airport might not be operational by October 27, 2013, as planned.  However, we decided to continue the evaluation of the opening date, rather than cancelling the opening date at that stage. This evaluation was concluded by January 4, 2013.”
That same day Mr Amann informed the airport’s joint owners that the airport would no longer be able to open on (by the then third-proposed opening date) of October 27, 2013.  The fourth delay is the result of on-going problems with the fire protection system.  Delivering the fresh air supply required if a fire occurred has been highlighted along with the overall complexity of the system as a contributing factor.  The airport’s press office has reported: “Based on the previous timetable, construction work was due to be completed by May 2013 to allow a five-month period for trial operations before the official opening.  According to Mr Amann, it is too early to discuss a new opening date.”  The airport operator’s supervisory board was due to discuss the consequences of the further delay at the time of writing.