Germany: New Airport to Open in Berlin

Published Date Author: , April 4th, 2012

Berlin, Germany New AirportOn June 3, 2012, one chapter in Berlin’s aviation history will draw to a close and another one will begin, when the German capital’s new airport Berlin Brandenburg BER opens, and the two remaining airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, will be shut down permanently. (Tempelhof airport was closed in 2008.)

Construction work at the Berlin Brandenburg airport has now entered its final phase and more than 5,500 workers are busy with the completion of the new hub. The terminal, jet ways, road connections, and operation-specific buildings have for the most part been completed. Basic test operations began on November 24, 2011. In order to make a smooth transition on June 3, non-stop test runs with security forces, airline employees and ground crews are currently underway to reveal any weak spots and to remedy any potential problems.

The opening of a new, single capital airport is considered to be an elementary step in Berlin’s reunification process more than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The German capital will finally have the international gateway it has so far lacked. “Berliners are really waiting for the new airport,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, the city’s tourism and convention bureau. “We say it’s one of the last missing jigsaw puzzle pieces in the resurrection of Berlin as an international mega city.”

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