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Touring Berlin’s Still Un-Opened, Long-Delayed New Airport

Excerpt from New York Times

Apr 10, 2014 2:20 pm

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They could always rethink the business model and use the building to demonstrate what can go wrong with planning projects, and use the runways for weekend flea markets.

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Worker walks outside the main terminal of the Berlin-Brandenburg international airport (BER) outside Berlin. Thomas Peter / Reuters


In the early days of aviation, it was common for people to visit airports simply to stand on observation decks and watch the planes come and go.

This city’s new airport is attracting tourists for the opposite reason: a conspicuous lack of passengers and planes after a series of delays and bungles that have driven its cost billions of dollars over budget and pushed its opening back indefinitely.

Part of the appeal seems to be the chance to gawk at evidence that Germany — practically synonymous with precision and efficiency — could fail in such a spectacular fashion.

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