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Germany: 'Scandalous' Berlin airport may open in 2020 after decade-long delay02:29

Germany: 'Scandalous' Berlin airport may open in 2020 after decade-long delay

Germany, Berlin
June 7, 2019 at 17:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Members from the House of Representatives said Berlin's upcoming Willy Brandt Airport (Berlin Brandenburg; BER) may still open by 2020, while criticising the handling of the project, during a press conference in Berlin on Friday.

Much of the criticism was directed at former local representative and member of the supervisory board for the airport Frank Henkel, who testified to the inquiry on Friday morning.

Stroedter said Henkel saw his position on the supervisory board "as just a little job on the side. That was unfortunately confirmed once again today."

Henkel is reported to have struggled to recall key details of his time on the board during his testimony.

"We know that BER will be too small when it finally opens - that's actually scandalous," said AfD representative Frank-Christian Hansel. "In 2014 [airport owner and future operator Hartmut] Mehdorn already said that BER would meet the capacity limits and now we have to consider what we will do. Mr. Henkel didn't really do anything about this."

The airport, which will be located near Berlin Schonefeld airport but will replace Tegel airport, was originally scheduled to open in 2011.

Construction problems and spiraling costs, however, have delayed the opening year after year, leading to the current target of autumn 2020, though there are talks of it being pushed back to 2021, more than a decade later than originally planned.

Germany: 'Scandalous' Berlin airport may open in 2020 after decade-long delay02:29
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Members from the House of Representatives said Berlin's upcoming Willy Brandt Airport (Berlin Brandenburg; BER) may still open by 2020, while criticising the handling of the project, during a press conference in Berlin on Friday.

Much of the criticism was directed at former local representative and member of the supervisory board for the airport Frank Henkel, who testified to the inquiry on Friday morning.

Stroedter said Henkel saw his position on the supervisory board "as just a little job on the side. That was unfortunately confirmed once again today."

Henkel is reported to have struggled to recall key details of his time on the board during his testimony.

"We know that BER will be too small when it finally opens - that's actually scandalous," said AfD representative Frank-Christian Hansel. "In 2014 [airport owner and future operator Hartmut] Mehdorn already said that BER would meet the capacity limits and now we have to consider what we will do. Mr. Henkel didn't really do anything about this."

The airport, which will be located near Berlin Schonefeld airport but will replace Tegel airport, was originally scheduled to open in 2011.

Construction problems and spiraling costs, however, have delayed the opening year after year, leading to the current target of autumn 2020, though there are talks of it being pushed back to 2021, more than a decade later than originally planned.

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