A new setback for Berlin Brandenburg (BER) airport after a TÜV-inspection; not open before 2021

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A new setback for Berlin Brandenburg (BER) airport: German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel could look into secret TÜV-documents* revealing significant deficiencies with the “safety-related building equipment”. It is now almost sure that the new airport will not open before 2021.

* TÜV: short for “Technische Überwachungs-Verein”, an organisation that tests the safety of technical installations, machinery and motor vehicles.

The airport -supposed to be ready in 2012- is already 2,000 days behind schedule. TÜV has tested the fire protection system in the passenger terminal and discovered significant deficiencies. During an inspection mid-November 2017 the TÜV discovered that a series of systems were totally unacceptable: the smoke control system, the sprinkler system, the fire alarm system, the emergency warning system and the emergency lighting system. The total cost of the airport has now risen to €6.6 billion.

Timeline:

2012: date of opening delayed until 2013.

2013: Germania will be the first airline to operate from BER, then delayed until spring 2014.

2014: a new setback: now 2015, at the end of 2014 the opening of the airport got delayed until 2017.

2015: BER should open in the second half of 2017.

2017: BER airport expected to be open and functional in 2019. Now delayed until 2021 ?

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