Re Berlin Brandenburg Airport07.01.2013
The airport’s joint owners – Berlin, Brandenburg and the German government – met the management team from Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH today to discuss progress on the construction of the new airport (BER). In essence, the views of the airport operator’s Chief Operating Officer, Horst Amann, have solidified that the proposed opening date of 27 October 2013 is no longer viable.
Prior to this, a meeting was held at the airport on 18 December 2012, which was attended by the airport COO Horst Amann, Rainer Bomba and Ralf Christophers from the Supervisory Board as well as other representatives of the German government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Representatives of Siemens and Bosch were also present. Commenting on the discussion, Mr Amann said: “We evaluated the current situation and the next steps concerning the construction work at BER. The analysis highlighted that there was an increased risk that the airport might not be operational by 27 October 2013 as planned. However, we decided to continue the evaluation of the opening date, rather than cancelling the opening date at that stage. This evaluation was concluded by 4 January 2013.”
Last Friday, Mr Amann informed the airport’s joint owners – Berlin, Brandenburg and the German government – about the outcome of the evaluation, which concluded that the airport would no longer be able to open on 27 October 2013 as planned. This further delay is the result of problems with the fire protection system, in particular the fresh air supply in the case of a fire and the complexity of the system as a whole. Based on the previous timetable, construction work was due to be completed by May 2013 to allow a five-month period for trial operations before the official opening.
According to Mr Amann, it is too early to discuss on a new opening date.
The airport operator’s Supervisory Board will discuss further action at BER and the consequences of postponing the airport’s opening at its next meeting in January.
Interviews with the Chief Operating Officer, Dipl. Ing. Horst Amann, about the current situation (only in German):