In what must be turning from a bad joke to what can be loosely described as a farce, it seems that Berlin Brandenburg International Airport is delayed. Again.
This is now the 4th time this airport has been delayed, with the plan to originally open it in Spring 2012 long since in the dust of history. The last date was mentioned to be “October 2013”, although the airport’s CEO – Hartmut Mehdorn – is saying that a date will be announced in the next 2 – 3 months.
This would put back the October date into the long grass.
The current plan calls for part of the north pier of the new terminal to be activated and a massive 10 flights a day to operate from that terminal. Alas, it seems that the airport management has realised that this pier would need its own check-in and security check points.
This would take time to launch, pushing back the launch to Spring 2014, with the airport full open in 2015 subject to all the work being completed and on schedule.
And if past history is to go by, that isn’t going to happen.
Germania Fluggesellschaft has been announced as the first carrier to use the new terminal.
Berlin Brandenburg International has been through growing pains, from the fire prevention system, to planning regulations, through to ripping up parts of the new airport for inspection purposes.
The cost of the project has risen from €2.4 billion to €4.3 billion so far.
The trouble is – there’s still a lot of work to be done, and its hurting airlines such as Air Berlin who are busting the seems at Tegal.
And even then, I’m thinking 2015… is looking way too optimistic for opening this airport.