Germany’s long-delayed public project, Brandenburg Airport, has suffered another postponement, as Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit declared “it won’t be possible to open the airport in 2014”.
Ongoing problems relating to the installation of fire-safety equipment are the latest in a line of technical issues holding up the aviation project which is already running at least two and a half years behind schedule, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Mayor Wowereit, who also holds the position of chairman for Brandenburg Airport’s supervisory board, has said there is no concrete date set for the airport’s opening.
Planning for the Brandenburg International Airport began in 1989, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the project then forecast to cost approximately €2 billion and to be completed by 2008.
Following numerous delays and technical flaws, the opening was re-scheduled for 2012 at a heightened cost of €4 billion, however, this deadline was also squandered.
Travellers to and from Berlin will have to rely on German capital’s two older and smaller airports for at least another year while work on Brandenburg Airport continues.