Berlin Brandenberg Airport has been a long time coming. About a decade, to be exact (here’s why it took so long). But after long last, all the buildings are completed, all the inspections have been done, it will finally open, come October 31st (Pilots are already not amused, but that’s another story…).
I would say it would open to much fanfare, but the thing is, there won’t be a whole heck of a lot of that.
As far back as late September, the boss of the new facility, Engelbert Luetke-Daldrup, said there would be no customary celebration of the airport’s opening.
“There is no big party. We are just going to open,” Reuters reported he said during a news conference late last month. “We German engineers are ashamed.” He added that the decade of delays made Berlin and Germany a “laughingstock.”
Berlin planned to hold a Nov. 8th celebration to “thank” Tegel, one of the two Berlin area airports that will close once BER opens (the other is Schönefeld, which is actually going to be integrated into BER). And although Berlin wasn’t going to celebrate the new airport’s opening, The Schönefeld trade association had plans for a celebratory gala to mark the occasion, with 700 or so guests and journalists.
However even those are in peril of not happening, thanks to Germany’s cases of COVID-9 skyrocketing.
So after 10 years in the making, a major airport is about to open, and there could very well be not even one event to celebrate it.
Feature Photo (cropped): Mungs/Wikimedia
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