The never-ending construction of Berlin’s new airport is a puzzling study in inefficient planning
It’s shocking what a complete mess has been made of Germany’s new international airport with the most recent update being a last-minute, €1.2 billion capital injection needed to finalize the project.
Excerpt from The Economist
Soon after the newly reunified Germany decided, in 1991, to move its capital back to Berlin from Bonn, the discussion about a suitable airport started. Nearly everyone agreed in principle that the new capital needed a modern and sparkling airport. Planning started in 1996, construction in 2006. The plan was to open [Berlin Bradenburg Airport] in 2011.
The airport is due to open on October 27th. But most Berliners view that date like a second marriage, as the triumph of hope over experience.
The new airport originally got approval for handling 45m passengers a year, but is now meant for only 27m, which is roughly as many as the existing airports handle already. The airport originally had a budget of €2.4 billion ($3.2 billion) but is now likely to cost twice as much. Air Berlin, the carrier most affected, has sued for damages.