Topping-out ceremony for the terminal

07.05.2010
Structural work on the centrepiece of BBI is complete / Go-ahead given to start on interior work / Airport construction is the most significant development project in the capital region
It is Europe’s biggest airport construction site: work started on building the new Capital Airport for Berlin and Brandenburg in September 2006; the construction site is the size of 2,000 football pitches; up to 3,000 construction site workers a day have worked here over the last three-and-a-half years. The topping-out ceremony for the BBI Terminal marks yet another important milestone on Europe’s biggest airport construction site. In an official ceremony today, the topping-out wreath was hoisted on the terminal roof, clearly showing that structural work on the BBI Terminal is complete. Now work can begin on the interior.

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: “BBI gives the German capital region a well-deserved aviation infrastructure for connecting flights. The airport will become the new East-West hub at the heart of Europe with connecting flights from Berlin to the rest of the world. Our goal is to take the Berlin-Brandenburg region into the top 10 airport locations in Europe with BBI. The topping-out ceremony for the terminal is a clear sign of the progress being made on the construction and shows that we have come a great deal closer to achieving our goal.”

Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin: “We are preparing for the future. With the new Willy Brandt Airport, Berlin will be even better connected to the world’s metropolises. BBI will be a key factor for the location of future-oriented services in the German capital. And everyone will benefit – not only the people of Berlin, but tourists and the economy, too. Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe and will become even more attractive in 2011 as a destination for international air traffic.”

Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of Brandenburg, thanked all those involved in constructing the airport. The work carried out on BBI – from awarding contracts through logistics to ensuring safety – deserves the greatest recognition. The fact that the topping-out ceremony is now being celebrated despite a very harsh winter proves just how hard many dedicated men and women have worked. Platzeck is convinced that the new airport is already paving the right way for the future: “BBI is on course for growth. This is our ticket to the future.”

Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs: “We are rapidly approaching the realisation of the new Capital Airport BBI, which will become another major international traffic hub after Frankfurt and Munich and a gateway to the world: both for the capital region of Berlin and Brandenburg, and for the whole of Germany as an aviation and logistics location. As a shareholder, the Federal Government is investing around €1.3 billion in the major airport. With the capacity to expand to up to 45 million passengers, BBI will also be well equipped for the long-term growth in air traffic.”

Manfred Körtgen, Managing Director of Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports: “The completion of the steel construction work on the roof marks the end of another important phase of construction. Our next job is to start work on the interior: over 12,000 panes of glass have already been fitted, work on the baggage sorting hall is in full swing and the first jetways will be installed in August. Our thanks goes out to all those firms, construction workers and authorities involved in the project, as well as our staff. It is thanks to your tireless efforts that today we are able to put the topping-out wreath on the roof of the BBI Terminal on schedule.”

In July 2008, the go-ahead was given to start work on constructing the centrepiece of the new airport, the BBI Terminal. Up to 900 construction workers and over 30 tower cranes were employed on the terminal building site. A total of 156,000 cubic metres of concrete and over 30,000 tons of steel were used to build the 220-metre-long, 180-metre-wide and 32-metre-high terminal. In late August 2009, work was able to start on the steel construction for the terminal hall roof. The total weight of the steel components required for the terminal roof is around 10,000 tons, with the heaviest single component weighing 123 tons. The completion of the steel construction work on the roof marks the end of the structural work on the terminal. The next step is to work on finishing the interior; the first jetways will be installed in summer. Starting in May 2011, the airport will undergo extensive trial runs. The first plane will land at the start of the 2011/2012 winter flight schedule on 30 October 2011.

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