Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt

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Latest The emphasis now is on implementing the fire protection concept in time for the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport. All remaining work is under way and work on the terminal interior and the pavilions to the left and right of the terminal is being completed.
2012 Between February and May 2012, airport testers were called in for the trial runs: 10,000 test passengers from Berlin and Brandenburg tested their new airport. All airport procedures – from check-in through security checks to boarding – were tested during 30-day integrated trials. In May 2012, the planned opening date for BER of June 2012 had to be cancelled. Trial runs will restart well before BER opens.
2011 On 24 November the basic test operations at Berlin Brandenburg Airport start successfully. Employees of the airlines, the security services, the ground handling services and the airport test all operational processes and procedures: day-to-day airport operations – from check-in to security screening and boarding – are all simulated. The employees also familiarise themselves with the topography of their new place of work in training sessions comprising theory blocks and on-site inspections. The objective of the six-month trial operation is to identify all problems and potential sources of errors and eliminate them. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure a smooth operational start-up with as few hitches as possible.
2011 Only a few days after the Federal Administrative Court’s ruling is announced, airberlin states that it intends to further expand its activities and operations in Berlin. The airline’s network will be enlarged, the frequency of existing flights increased. Lufthansa also announces that it will be flying to 30 new destinations from Berlin and will be enlarging its Berlin fleet from nine to 15 aircraft.
2011 On 13 October 2011 the Federal Administrative Court issues a final, unappealable ruling on the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt: the airport can start operating on 3 June 2012 as it has been planned and built over the past years. Professor Dr. Rainer Schwarz: “The ruling of the Federal Administrative Court finally gives the airport operating company, the airlines and local residents a solid basis on which to plan for the future. This decision is a sensible compromise between securing the competitiveness of Berlin Brandenburg Airport and protecting the interests of local residents.”
2011 Fay Projects, HCI Capital and Berlin Airports celebrate the laying of the foundation stone for the first office building in the Airport City, an urbane service centre right in front of the terminal building of BER Airport. The project features a user-friendly design and far-reaching sustainability concept. The rental process is already far advanced.
2011 A further milestone is reached: the south runway is finished: 60 metres wide, 4,000 metres long – anything with wings can land and take off here.
2011 An event and exhibition centre (Berlin ExpoCenter Airport) is built at the airport. In future, the world’s third-biggest aerospace show ILA will be held here every two years.
2010 The topping out ceremony for the terminal building takes place. Up to 900 workers have been busy working on the terminal since July 2008. Now that the building shell has been completed, work can start on the interior.
2009 Topping out ceremony for the German Air Traffic Control tower. The 72-metre tower, which was designed by the Stuttgart architect Franz Ondra, is located between the two runways and has room for eleven controllers and assistants. The tower is twice the height of the old tower at Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport.
2009 The outer structure of the new airport terminal is completed and Deutsche Bahn AG starts fitting out the underground railway station. A 4,000 metre runway is built. In 2009, the airports report 22.3 million passengers in total.
2008 The A 113neu motorway is opened. The first section of the shell of the BBI station is completed and work commences on the terminal. The inner-city airport Tempelhof is closed.
2007 Start of construction for the railway tunnel and the underground railway station. Building work also starts on the north taxiway system, the new south runway and the road infrastructure.
2006 Go-ahead for BBI: the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig approves the development of Schoenefeld Airport to become Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI. The ground-breaking ceremony for Europe’s biggest airport building site follows on 5 September.
2006 The tender process for the first construction projects starts and the construction site is prepared.
2004 Before the construction work starts, the relocated residents of Diepensee and Selchow move into their new houses and flats in Königs Wusterhausen, Selchow and Groß Ziethen.
2003 The preparatory work commences with archaeological investigations and relocations.
2001 Consultations start with individual opponents to the project and public agency representatives (local authorities, associations, organisations, churches, etc.).
1999 An agreement is reached concerning relocation in the area around the new airport. After only two-and-a-half years of planning, Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld GmbH (FBS) is able to submit an application for planning approval.
1996 The shareholders Berlin, Brandenburg and the Federal Republic agree to build the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BBI. Schoenefeld is chosen as the best location due to its proximity to the capital city. As part of its transformation to Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Schoenefeld is extended by 970 ha. The total area of the new airport is 1,470 ha or roughly 2,000 football fields.
1990 Plans for a new airport for the capital city begin immediately after reunification. The initially proposed locations are Jüterbog, Schoenefeld and Sperenberg.