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Discussion in 'Airports' started by uggboy, Sep 28, 2015.
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Berlin Brandenburg: will it ever open?
Unless things have changed again, when I was in Germany the issue was that the equipment installed for smoke ventilation in the event of fire was found to exceed the structural capacity of the ceiling structure. The building was immediately closed. It would seem that they could reinforce the structure or building pilings to hold the equipment.
A more serious issue is that the terminal will be over capacity by opening day, and there is really only a limited ability to expand it. It is hard to imagine a project that has been more bungled than this one. And yet FRA and MUC build again and again on time.
Here's a contestant: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Philharmonic_Hall
As an update. Information real or fantasy on Brandenburg is elusive.
Quoted from Wikipedia
[ An opening in 2017 has become unlikely as of August 2015.
The unlikely opening in 2017 seems to have further involuntary consequences for Berlin's traffic infrastructure. Tegel's permit will expire at the end of 2017. If BER isn't open until then, Berlin's traffic volume will see shortages, because authorities might shut down Tegel without replacement. This will imply that pressure on BER to open will mount drastically. (An EASA permit is needed from 2018 onwards as operation permit.) ]
I've read that they might open the new airport in 2019. Hopefully.