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BER opening “as safe as never before”

Great euphoria for the airport operator: The TÜV has given its approval for the commissioning of the breakdown airport BER. The final decision of the authorities is still pending.

Nothing stands in the way of the planned opening of the new capital city airport BER in October 2020, according to the operator. Commissioning was never “as safe” as it is today, said airport manager Engelbert Lütke Daldrup on Monday.

All necessary documents had been handed over to the building inspectorate, including certificates from the TÜV and documents from the general planner. “We don’t see any risks when commissioning in October 2020”, emphasized Lütke Daldrup in the BER special committee of the Brandenburg state parliament.

The opening of Germany’s third largest airport has been a long time coming. Six start-up dates have failed because construction defects, technical problems and planning errors prevented the start.

Airport expects usage release “in the next few weeks”

The approval by the TÜV is a big step, said airport spokesman Hannes Hönemann t-online.de. “The authorities will receive the last of the necessary documents in the next few days and can now proceed to the final checks,” he said. “We expect to receive approval for use of the terminal building in the next few weeks.”

The airport could then take the last measures to complete the airport from the building on the so-called land side and the infrastructure on the “air side”. According to Lütke Daldrup, the slump in traffic as a result of the coronavirus crisis makes trial operation and commissioning easier.

“We still have one to two percent of traffic,” said Lütke Daldrup compared to the usual business at the existing airports in Tegel and Schönefeld. A total of around 1,000 passengers per day would be counted at both locations.

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