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New Berlin airport date could be even later

The Local · 23 Jun 2012, 09:52

Published: 23 Jun 2012 09:52 GMT+02:00

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The Willy Brandt airport was due to be finished early this month, but a horribly late announcement pushed this back to March 2013 just weeks before the broadly advertised opening ceremony.

And now the revised opening date of 17 March 2013 has been put in doubt by the airport's special working group after a seven-hour meeting on Friday evening, wrote the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper on Saturday.

Berlin Mayor and head of the working group Klaus Wowereit refused to guarantee the new date, saying a further review would be needed determine whether the airport would really be ready next year, wrote the paper.

The decision of whether to stand by the March 2013 date now falls to the project’s newly appointed technical director Horst Amann - who will move from his current position at Frankfurt Airport in August.

Meanwhile, project chief Rainer Schwarz said that at current estimates the delayed opening alone would add an extra €586 million to the total budget, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Friday evening.

Wowereit added that a recent ruling by the Berlin Higher Administrative Court forcing the board to extend the airport’s noise protection measures would add a further €591 million on to the budget, pushing the estimated total costs to over €4 billion, wrote the paper.

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13:20 June 23, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Over budget and late...................a euphemism for, blatant lie to get all on-board and optimism beyond belief...............Standard today with any big building project!
18:15 June 23, 2012 by Paul Felix Schott
China is building many airports more then 40 of them for their new CEO's.

Corporate Executive use Private Jets the more Run Ways the more they can get around. The land and area around the airfields grows with Industry and jobs.

The Lord's Little Helper

Paul Felix Schott
23:00 June 23, 2012 by lucksi
It's funny, but I -as a private person- sign a contract with a builder and he and I are bound to the terms. He can't charge more.

If you can overcharge whatever you want, going for the lowest bider makes no sense whatsoever.
02:54 June 24, 2012 by raandy
This could easily be a case of the city asking for a lot more than was agreed upon.
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