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Supervisory board extends the airport CEO Lütke Daldrup’s contract / Overall financing of the business plan is making progress

31.08.18 17:10

At its meeting today, the airport company supervisory board extended its contract with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup as CEO for another year until March 2021. Additionally, Mr Carsten Wilmsen was appointed Head of Construction and Engineering on the recommendation of Mr Lütke Daldrup. Other topics discussed included construction progress on the passenger terminal, the expansion program and financing.

The report on construction progress on Terminal 1 in this meeting was supplemented by assessments of the TÜV. Final completion is generally making good progress. Since many individual schedules have stabilised and risk management is functioning better and better, the supervisory board continues to expect the BER to go into operation in October 2020. Some facilities are still on a critical path and remain under strict project management control. This is particularly necessary in the cable trade.

In terms of the expansion program, management reported to the supervisory board on the status of the new T2 terminal. It should be possible to award this contract shortly.

Construction work on the government airport’s interim terminal has already largely been completed. The work will be completed on schedule and within budget in October 2018, meaning that the government terminal at the BER will be ready for use in Autumn 2018.

The supervisory board also once again dealt with the topic of financing. After the preparatory work from the last supervisory board meetings, there is a roadmap for closed overall financing. The procedure preferred by the supervisory board provides for a more flexible use of the existing guaranteed loans and a postponement of taking up further loans until after the BER has been put into operation. The supervisory board and shareholders have already dealt with the options on several occasions and support the path of the FBB management. The supervisory board assumes that a positive final decision will soon be possible in the interaction of all parties involved.

Rainer Bretschneider, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH:
“I am pleased that we were able, as the supervisory board, to extend Mr Lütke Daldrup’s contract. Under his leadership we will be able to bring BER to the grid in Autumn 2020. The supervisory board was also today able to satisfy itself that construction controlling is taking effect and that the construction site is making progress. The supervisory board will continue to look very carefully at the trades that are in a critical position. In this respect, we will continue to intensify our activities in the supervisory board from November onwards.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH:
“The completion processes at Terminal 1 have stabilised and we are making good progress, even in the critical trades. This is also the assessment of the TÜV, which reported its view of the state of completion to the supervisory board. In operating business, we have performed well in the past few busy weeks compared with other major airports. This was a joint effort on the part of our teams and our partners at the airports. I am also pleased that the supervisory board has endorsed my proposal to appoint Mr Wilmsen as the new Head of Construction and Engineering. This finally provides the necessary reinforcement to advance the implementation of the master plan and the project company. This is an important step in the development of BER beyond 2020.”

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