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New capital airport up to nine months late

DDP/The Local · 12 Jun 2010, 12:36

Published: 12 Jun 2010 12:36 GMT+02:00

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Daily papers Der Tagesspiegel and Berliner Zeitung wrote on Saturday that the airport company had presented a new concept to the project committee overseeing the extension on Friday. This foresaw an opening date up to nine months later than the planned date of October 30, 2011.

It is thought that getting everything done by then would require such an acceleration of construction work that the costs would be unsustainable.

Now the project committee are said to be considering a number of options, which would result in the extension being finished in between six and nine months later than planned – at different costs. A decision is expected to be made by June 25, when a new opening date would be announced.

A number of problems have hit the huge expansion of Schönefeld, including the financial collapse of a planning company working on the project and the introduction of new European Union safety standards.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit admitted to a meeting of the trade and industry association that although efforts were being made to meet the original deadline, it was ‘not a fetish.’

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The plan is that once Schönefeld is reopened as Willy Brandt International Airport, the northerly Tegel Airport will be closed, leaving the capital just with one airport.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

19:55 June 12, 2010 by auniquecorn
They call this news?, What else has Germany built and not completed on time??? any takers?????
04:14 June 13, 2010 by wetdawg~
I think that Zepplin's with big swastikas on the tail should be employed in the interim!
10:50 June 13, 2010 by majura
So by Berlin standards 9 months is actually really good. Although we all know that in the not too distant future, the 9 will magically turn into a 12.

Announce big projects and deliver them over budget/late - Be Berlin
16:07 June 13, 2010 by Clapoti
Hehe yeah it seems to be a recurring theme. I'm really curious to see when Ostkreuz will be finished... 2016, not sure about that :P
16:07 June 17, 2010 by dbert4
Maybe the airport is like the Iraq war, a "cakewalk" that would be finshed in 12 month and cost 4 billion dollars.

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