Berlin - The opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which was canceled at the last minute in 2012, is now scheduled for October 2020.
The airport's Supervisory Board approved the new date on December 15, after intense discussions. The airport company said in a statement that this decision provided a practical basis for the project until commissioning.
The new airport was to be inaugurated by Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2012. The opening was canceled three weeks before the scheduled date due to a malfunction of the fire protection system inside the terminal. New dates were set multiple times, but all were canceled as inspections revealed that additional work was required. In addition to the fire protection system, wiring, ventilation systems, and automatic doors were other problems to cause the delays.
Today's Supervisory Board meeting marks the beginning of the final phase of terminal completion,said Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, the managing director of FBB (Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg).
On December 2, the management of FBB has also reached an agreement with the Finnish company Caverion, Building and Industrial Services for additional work on the fire protection system, which must be completed by summer of 2018.
The project has already cost 6.5 billion euros, more than triple the initially estimated cost of 1.7 billion.
The Supervisory Board will be informed at its next meeting, in March 2018, of the additional financing required until the opening,FBB said.
With a capacity of 27 million annual passengers, Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt International Airport will be opening the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich airports.