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New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

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New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

"(Reuters) - Berlin's delay-hit international airport is not likely to open until 2015, the airport's technical chief was quoted as saying on Wednesday, more than three years later than original plans envisaged for what was meant as the capital's flagship project."

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"The airport's opening was initially delayed to 2011. That was pushed back to 2012, then to March 2014, then to October 2013 and last week to some point in or after 2014."

reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/uk-germany-ai…

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61. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

I think that was due to change. AB not only planned a lot of flights out of BER but a major maintenance facility.

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62. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

Interesting... thanks for the update.

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63. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

Travelling regularly to Berlin ( since 2007.) I am less than impressed with Schonefeld Airport and its poor passenger facilities. If there is a delay, there is no restaurant other than a cafe. Seating other than in the small departure lounges is so limited, if there is a delay the term cattle class comes to mind. The station is a brisk 500+ yard walk from the airport entrance baggage trolley returns are a keep fit exercise from the platforms.

Yet the "well lit at night new Brandenburg Airport facility" which was planned for 2007,opening has now been put back to 2015. Berlin is an excellent city to visit but its airports both Tegal and Schonefeld leave a lot to be desired and neither in my mind are user facility friendly.

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64. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

Schönefeld was the old East Berlin airport and was constructed to serve the needs of the communist dictatorship then in power. After Reunification, it was never meant to be more than a temporary solution until the new airport was built.

Tegel remains a great little airport, but it's now completely overwhelmed by the volume of traffic it has to sustain.

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65. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

<<Schönefeld was the old East Berlin airport and was constructed to serve the needs of the communist dictatorship then in power.>>

LOL... sounds like all my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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66. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

@ Post 64 --> @ Berlin/Bangkok,

Can you give a little insight on how Tempelhof was as an airport vs Schönefeld or Tegel? Was it too small for traffic in and out, was it better for people to fly into it since it was directly in the city?

I would have loved to fly into Tempelhof for the history of it.

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67. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

Tempelhof was designated as an airport by the Ministry of Transport on 8 October 1923. The old terminal was originally constructed in 1927. In anticipation of increasing air traffic, the Nazi government began a massive reconstruction in the mid-1930s. While it was occasionally cited as the world's oldest still operating commercial airport, the title was disputed by several other airports, and is no longer an issue since its closure.

Tempelhof was one of Europe's three iconic pre-World War II airports, the others being London's now defunct Croydon Airport and the old Paris – Le Bourget Airport. One of the airport's most distinctive features is its large, canopy-style roof, which was able to accommodate most contemporary airliners during its heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, thereby protecting passengers from the elements. Tempelhof Airport's main building was once among the top 20 largest buildings on earth; in contrast, it formerly had the world's smallest duty-free shop.

Tempelhof Airport closed all operations on 30 October 2008, despite the efforts of some protesters to prevent the closure. A non-binding referendum was held on 27 April 2008 against the impending closure but failed due to low voter turnout.

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68. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

The Northern pier is expected to open in spring 2014 for a limited service; Germania is expected to operate around a dozen flights a day, as part of a phased opening.

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69. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

That is a disgrace. What happened to German efficiency? Are they becoming more like Americans?

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70. Re: New airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg now delayed indefinitely

Here is the latest now. 2015 opening

ausbt.com.au/berlin-s-new-brandenburg-airpor…

"Berlin's much-delayed Brandenburg International Airport will remain closed for another year, increasing the strain on Berlin's existing airports as the high-profile project continues to fall behind schedule.

'Sometime in 2015' is now the sixth proposed opening date for the new airport, which was originally slated for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October 2011 but now sits idle, despite appearing complete from the outside."