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


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.


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 ?


  1. […] Berlin-Brandenburg BER airport: Construction began in 2006 with operation scheduled to begin in 2011. And now as 2017 nears the end, BER is not even close to opening. Currently it is well over 2000 days behind schedule. Massive technical deficiencies with the airport’s safety systems plague the entire project, and now it is questionable whether the airport will even open in 2021. […]


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