Green Light from Federal Administrative Court for Capital City Airport BBI

16.03.2006
The time has come: In its ruling today, the Federal Administrative Court gave the green light for the expansion of Schönefeld Airport to become the new capital city Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI. It is not possible to appeal this ruling. After ten years of intensive planning the course is now clear for restructuring air traffic in the German capital city region; by 2011 the entire air traffic will be concentrated at BBI. In 2007, Tempelhof Airport will be closed; in 2011, directly after the opening of BBI, the second innercity airport, Tegel Airport, will close.

The Court imposed conditions on night flights and for compensation of the outer residential areas. These conditions do not, however, endanger the profitability of the project.

Dieter Johannsen-Roth, Managing Director, Speaker for the Berlin Airports, assessed the court ruling as an important signal for the entire region, “The ruling is good news for Berlin, Brandenburg, the airport, the neighbors and potential investors. We now have planning security; BBI is on the way. This will give Berlin and Brandenburg the long-awaited stimulus. As a result of BBI there will be about 40,000 new jobs in the region by 2012.”

Thomas Weyer, Managing Director of Engineering at the Berlin Airports, also welcomed the ruling and announced that the first excavators will be rolling onto the BBI construction site in the near future, “We have used the last few months for construction preparations and detailed planning. We will now very quickly move on to the following subjects: start of the major construction request for tender, setting up the BBI construction site, completion of the terminal architecture and initiation of negotiations with the banks.” Weyer made the following statement with regard to the conditions in the ruling, “The improvements required were not unexpected. There were indications of these in the oral proceedings. We have prepared our-selves for these.”

The expansion of Schönefeld Airport to Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI is the largest transportation and infrastructure project in eastern Germany. The construction schedule is as follows:

2006: Set up of the construction site: building of the construction roads, the central concrete mixing plant, the construction site areas, beginning of the relocation of lines, request for tenders for the initial construction work, building of the runway connections to the northern BBI runway

2007: Beginning of the rail tunnel and the subterranean railway station, beginning of construction for the utility supply lines and waste disposal, beginning of construction of the southern runway and aprons, demolition of the current northern runway and closure of the gap in A 113, beginning of construction of road connections

2008: Beginning of terminal construction and operational roads

2010: Start of operations for fire department, building for special equipment, winter services, ground traffic services

As of May 2011: Trial operation of the new terminal and master technical system

30 October 2011: Opening of BBI

Contact
Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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