It seems plans to open Berlin Brandenburg Airport have gone into the air, with the start date of 3rd June 2012 cancelled and a new start date will be set for some point “after the summer holidays”
For Lufthansa and Air Berlin, this is a major setback, with both carriers promoting the new BER airport heavily. Both carrier have planned a major resource attack at the new Berlin Airport in a bid for passengers.
The reason? Sufficient fire prevention safeguards are not yet in place – and considering the safety culture of aviation, that is a very bad thing.
Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, is delayed already, with the opening pushed back from 2011 to 2012.
Both Air Berlin and Lufthansa failed to see this messup coming, and had planned for a 3rd June opening (with Lufthansa sending an A380 for the day – which is now cancelled)
It seems “new airport, major mess-up” is the term when a new airport or terminal is opened – you only have to look over the channel at London Heathrow T5’s mess-up, or to Thailand and the trouble that the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi had when that airport opened.
Serious questions will be asked why this wasn’t addressed, but this puts a lot of flights in jeopardy that were due to operate to the new BER.
Neither Lufthansa or Air Berlin have published any changes to the timetables yet.