Berlin BER Continues Towards October 2020 Opening

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At its first meeting of 2019, the supervisory board of the much-delayed Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg airport noted progress had been made towards “eliminating the deficiencies” that have plagued the airport’s development.

A company statement said that completing the fire alarm system, the safety power supply and safety lighting continue to be a “special focus” of the building work.

It estimated that the final construction work will be completed this autumn and that the expected opening date remains as October 2020.

The operational readiness and transfer (ORAT) process is set to start in April 2020.

Rainer Bretschneider, chairman of the supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg commented: “We are moving forward. Even though not every step is completed on the dot, we are making good progress at BER. We are looking very closely at the work on BER and are very well informed about the status of completion in the individual trades. In this respect, the meeting has encouraged us to continue to adhere to the opening date scheduled for October 2020”.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, chairman of the management board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg added: “Some of our service providers have once again made progress in recent weeks. The adherence to schedules and the quality of processing have noticeably increased in the case of fire alarm systems. The successful interaction tests of recent weeks show that we are on the right track. This is the level to be maintained in the coming months.”