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“The air traffic tax is a downright absurd instrument”

The capital airport BER is about to open. According to its boss, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, the terminal is the “best-tested building in Germany”.

Before the planned start of the new BER airport on October 31, the head of Berlin Airports, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, is in favor of simplified building regulations. “This airport terminal is the best-tested building in Germany,” said Lütke Daldrup in an interview with t-online.

The examinations and lengthy planning of the project would also have dragged on the construction process. “There will only be faster planning processes if we do not keep upgrading standards and rules, but instead conduct real disarmament negotiations,” said Lütke Daldrup. “Our problem in Europe is that we now have such complex planning procedures that our building speed is no longer even remotely competitive internationally.”

“Not every flight within Germany makes sense”

Lütke Daldrup said about domestic flights: “The extent to which we need domestic German air traffic depends on whether Deutsche Bahn is able to create attractive alternatives. Not every flight within Germany makes sense.”

Nevertheless, in view of the corona crisis, he is critical of the increase in the price of air travel due to climate taxes. “From today’s perspective, the air traffic tax is an almost absurd instrument, because Corona has caused such a sharp drop in flights that the greatest climate protectors could never have imagined.”

More international connections for Berlin

That is why it is now a matter of overcoming the air traffic crisis, says Lütke-Daldrup: “If we have virtually no international air traffic, our globally networked economy will not get back on its feet.”

Lütke Daldrup appealed to Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer with a view to international flight rights. “Emirates would like to fly to Berlin, even in times of Corona, but is not allowed to,” said Lütke Daldrup. “In view of these restrictions, we feel rightly disadvantaged. Such a poor intercontinental connection is not worthy of the German capital. Germany needs three international airports: Frankfurt, Munich – and Berlin.”

You can find the full interview with BER boss Lütke Daldrup on Saturday morning on t-online.

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