The opening of Berlin’s new Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport has been further delayed to spring 2018, marking the project’s latest delay.
The airport was originally set to open in 2011, but cost overruns and errors in the construction process have caused repeated delays. Latest estimates have been for a late 2017 opening, but an airport spokesperson said an announcement for the exact date would be made in January.
Germany’s biggest carrier Lufthansa had described a winter 2017 start-up date for the terminal as “unsuitable,” instead suggesting that 2018 is more realistic. The project plan is for a €5.4 billion new terminal in the southeast of the city to operate alongside the city’s Schönefeld Airport.
After the opening of the new airport, Berlin Tegel, the airport in the northwest of the German capital, will close.