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‘Ghost airport’ opened in the middle of the epidemic season

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'Ghost airport' opened in the middle of the epidemic season 2
'Ghost airport' opened in the middle of the epidemic season 2

Udo Haase is the former mayor of Schönefeld – where Berlin Brandenburg airport lay dormant for nearly a decade.

At the end of last year, he retired after not being able to meet his goal of cutting the station’s ribbon.

Check-in counter at Berlin Brandenburg airport in March. Photo: Zuma Press

The idea of building a new airport for Berlin appeared shortly after German reunification in 1990. At that time, Berlin’s economy was quite stagnant.

Martin Delius – who was in charge of two parliamentary investigations between 2012 and 2016 about this airport, said from the beginning, planning was in trouble.

`At that time, those responsible should have stopped the rebuilding. They would not have had problems that took years to fix,` he said.

The airport was originally scheduled to open in 2011. In 2012, after 8 months of delay, they discovered that the fire safety system had problems.

Subsequent inspections also discovered thousands of other errors, which took the airport another eight years to resolve.

'Ghost airport' opened in the middle of the epidemic season

Main terminal at the airport in November 2019.

Germany also has many public works problems, but few reach the level of this airport.

Three years ago, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup was chosen as CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg – the airport operating company – to complete this project.

Therefore, the airport has many quite classic designs.

The airport opened in the context of airlines looking for ways to bring customers back after the pandemic.

However, Lütke Daldrup is not too worried about this.

Low passenger traffic will help staff gradually transfer from Berlin’s two smaller airports, Tegel and Schönefeld, to the main terminal here.

After many years, Lütke Daldrup is confident that the airport’s technology will pass this test.

Besides, in the context that no airport has been opened in Germany in the past 30 years, Berlin Brandenburg leaders said this is still the most modern airport in the country.

Terminal two, which started construction in 2018 and is expected to be completed on schedule in October this year, will probably not be used for the next few years, said Lütke Daldrup.

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