Berlin’s ghost airport still shut

Berlin’s ghost airport still shut


It’s Germany’s national embarrassment. Berlin’s new, or perhaps not so new, Brandenburg
International Airport. The airport was due to open in 2010, but is
still shut. It is now scheduled to open in late 2017,
but even that might be too ambitious. A number of construction flaws, poor planning
and even alleged corruption is to blame. It is a $6 billion white elephant. The fire safety system in the main building
wasn’t up to scratch, and even some 600 walls did not comply with building regulations. Some members of parliament have even joked
the whole airport should be torn down and rebuilt because it is such a mess. Well now the airport authority has released
a new construction roadmap targeting a 2017 opening. According to the report, nearly a quarter
of identified problems are still not fixed. And 24% of total faults with the fire protection
system still aren’t resolved. The city’s two airports Tegal and Schonefeld
were meant to close when Brandenburg opened, but there’s a serious campaign to let Tegal
live on. A group called Berlin Needs Tegal has already
obtained 28000 signatures – 175000 is needed to hold a city wide referendum on the issue. Phil Han, CNBC, London.

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