Berlin Brandenburg exercise postponed: no effect on commissioning

(Photo: FBB)

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB), the management company behind the new Berlin (BER) airport, has announced that the COVID-19 regulations currently in place concerning hygiene and group gatherings have forced it to postpone a fire safety and evacuation exercise.

The test was scheduled to take place at Terminal 1 and the BER railway station on April 29 but has now been postponed until an as-yet unspecified date this summer. The move was agreed by FBB and all the interested parties, including the Federal Railway Authority, Deutsche Bahn and the building regulation authorities. FFB said the postponement will have no effect on the approval to start using Terminal T1.

The airport company has emailed the news to the volunteers who were set to take part in the tests and as soon as the new date has been scheduled, free places will be published on its website ber-testen.de.

Professor Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of FBB commented: “Postponing the exercise from April 29 to the summer is no problem for the commissioning preparations. The safety and health of the volunteers and our employees is our top priority. Despite the current restrictions, we will be able to test BER sufficiently and ensure that the commissioning will be safe. Since we expect significantly less traffic than originally anticipated in autumn 2020, the opening of BER will be easier as it will no longer take place at full capacity.”