PR Chief: New Berlin Airport Unlikely to Open Before 2018
Berlin Brandenburg Airport, originally slated to open in 2012, will most likely not see its first passenger flight until 2018 at the earliest.
The new international airport, which has been plagued by corruption, construction delays, and poor planning and execution, is adjacent to Berlin Schönefeld Airport, 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of the German capital’s city center. The new airport was intended to replace both Schönefeld and Berlin Tegel, giving the city a single airport (Tempelhof, the city’s third airport, closed in 2008).
The most recent development in its soap opera-like history was the dismissal of its PR chief following a rather candid interview with PR Magazine in which he referred to the project as a “shit show.” He also cast doubt on whether the airport could open in 2017, as its managers have forecast, saying it was time for the airport’s managers to start “telling the truth,” adding that Berliners had “a right to know where their tax dollars were going.”
“Believe me, no politician or airport director, no person who is not addicted to drugs, would give you definitive guarantees for [the opening of] this airport,” he said in the interview.
Karsten Mühlenfeld, the airport’s CEO, is expected to make an announcement on April 22 with the new date for the airport’s opening. He is widely expected to say it will be up and running by the end of 2017.
Once open, the airport will be called Willy Brandt Airport after the former German chancellor and Berlin mayor.
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