New Berlin airport delayed yet again

AFP-JIJI

The opening of Berlin’s new main airport has been postponed indefinitely after several previous delays, Mayor Klaus Wowereit said Monday, in a fresh blow for the German capital and its top official.

Wowereit said the “opening date of Oct. 27 this year can no longer be maintained” due to a series of technical issues.

He said he is resigning from his position as head of the airport’s supervisory board as a result, amid ever-louder calls for him to step down as mayor.

The supervisory board will be headed by Matthias Platzeck, the head of the state of Brandenburg where the airport is situated, Wowereit said.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Airport was originally slated to open its doors last June but has suffered multiple delays due to a raft of technical difficulties and construction errors.

Wowereit said he was unwilling to offer another date for the opening “given the experience we have had.”