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Germany: Berlin's new airport to open in October after 9 years of delays03:40

Germany: Berlin's new airport to open in October after 9 years of delays

Germany, Berlin
September 25, 2020 at 21:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

"We are a little bit proud to have managed in two years to build and implement and piece together a complex terminal. Mainly we organised a process which shows that our company learnt from the mistakes from the past," said BER Ceo Engelbert Lutke Daldrup as he showed Berlin's long-awaited new airport to members of the media, which is set to receive its first travellers in October.

The new hub, which will replace Tegel and Schonefeld Airports, the latter of which will become BER Terminal 5, is ready to take off. However, due to the economic impact in the flying industry, the low-cost terminal T2will not operate until spring 2021.

"The flying transport system, as you know, its currently living its biggest crisis since the second world war... during April and May we had almost no passengers at all, we were operating at one per cent from normal," said Lutke Daldrup adding that the implementations of COVID-19 tests should remain in all airports to soften the blows of COVID-19 to the tourist economy.

Passengers departing or arriving at BER will be able to reach the airport through buses, regional trains, Intercity trains, S-Bahn and the Flughafen Express new train line.

The airport has faced repeated setbacks and delays in its construction and inauguration, as the original opening date was meant to be in October 2011.

Germany: Berlin's new airport to open in October after 9 years of delays03:40
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"We are a little bit proud to have managed in two years to build and implement and piece together a complex terminal. Mainly we organised a process which shows that our company learnt from the mistakes from the past," said BER Ceo Engelbert Lutke Daldrup as he showed Berlin's long-awaited new airport to members of the media, which is set to receive its first travellers in October.

The new hub, which will replace Tegel and Schonefeld Airports, the latter of which will become BER Terminal 5, is ready to take off. However, due to the economic impact in the flying industry, the low-cost terminal T2will not operate until spring 2021.

"The flying transport system, as you know, its currently living its biggest crisis since the second world war... during April and May we had almost no passengers at all, we were operating at one per cent from normal," said Lutke Daldrup adding that the implementations of COVID-19 tests should remain in all airports to soften the blows of COVID-19 to the tourist economy.

Passengers departing or arriving at BER will be able to reach the airport through buses, regional trains, Intercity trains, S-Bahn and the Flughafen Express new train line.

The airport has faced repeated setbacks and delays in its construction and inauguration, as the original opening date was meant to be in October 2011.

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