Airport International News - May 2012
Berlin Airport Opening Delayed Again
Posted by Barry McIntyre - Airport International's Editor on 18/05/2012 - 04:15:00
Berlin Brandenburg airport is now due to open March 17th 2013, causing much embarrassment for city officials as it is 3rd revised opening date and force airlines to reschedule flights that were to depart / arrive from the airport.
The date has been moved from the 3rd of June 2012 due to unresolved fire safety issues which has severely delayed the opening of the International airport set to replace two older airports and was originally planned to be open in late 2011.
The Price of the Berlin Airport Delay
All flights that were due to depart or arrive at the airport will now have to operate from the two existing aging airports: Tegel and Schonenfeld. This will have huge cost in liability claims from airlines as two major airlines, Lufthansa and AirBerlin have both added new flights to the new airport.
The cost to the Germany economy must also be considered as an airport is vital to a countries economic growth, for example Heathrow in the UK is currently operating near full capacity and it is believed that expanding this capacity will increase the growth of an economy.
The airport once open will be Germany's third biggest airport hub after Frankfurt and Munich, able to handle 27 million passengers each year. The opening of the airport is due to mark another chapter of the reunification of Berlin, the formally divided city.
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