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20,000 problems plague new Berlin airport

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20,000 problems plague new Berlin airport
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11:59 CET+01:00
Rather than announcing a final opening date for Berlin's much-delayed new airport, authorities are turning their attention to classifying structural problems. So far they've found 20,000 flaws.

According to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, tens of thousands of issues have so far been identified, ranging from faulty exhaust ventilation systems to broken tiles. The board responsible for the new airport aims to systematically eliminate each problem listed in the report.

Each defect will be given a rating from A (high priority) to D (low priority). Rainer Bomba of the Federal Transport Ministry told the paper his priority was “absolute transparency" and that he wanted “not just disasters but the construction process” documented.

Experts believe it's unlikely the airport will open before 2014. In the past week, it was decided to invest tens of millions into modernizing Tegel, Berlin's ageing western airport, which along with Schonefeld in the east, will have to deal with the city's air traffic for the foreseeable future.

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