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Timetable until opening

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The Airport Company is due to complete all remaining construction work at BER at the beginning of 2020. This means that all of the facilities will be completed and tested by the superordinate experts. Interaction tests, hot gas smoke tests and operating principle tests will also be completed accordingly. Finally, notification of the completion of building work will be submitted to the Building Regulatory Authority. Once the Building Regulatory Authority has completed its checks, it will then issue the release for utilisation.


Back in October 2018, the ORAT project was started once again 24 months prior to the commissioning date. ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) ensures the operational readiness of the new airport and coordinates the airport transfer from the old locations to BER. The project is linked to the construction in terms of time and verifies the interaction between infrastructure, systems, concepts and users. Over the past 25 years, ORAT has established itself as a global standard in airport commissioning and also involves all external partners, such as airlines, check-in handlers and authorities, in the preparations for commissioning. The project elements include training sessions, trial operations and relocations, as well as the bundling together of all other operational preparations. The trial operations themselves last for a period of six months and are sub-divided into three phases, each lasting two months. In order to ensure a smooth opening process, the relocation is started way in advance of the commissioning and is divided into the categories of building relocation, apron relocation and aircraft relocation with regard to the special requirements. The aim here is to diffuse the amount of relocation work required, so that as little furniture, equipment and devices need to be transferred during the actual night-time moving processes.