Berlin’s delayed airport project likely ready to open in 2017

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The Berlin Brandenburg Airport is likely to open as planned in the second half of 2017 despite a temporary stop to construction work, the supervisory board announced ahead of a meeting on Friday.

“I don’t think that the opening date will be affected by this disaster,” the board’s deputy chairman Rainer Bretschneider said.

Construction work at the airport’s terminal building was halted Monday because of “significant violations” of weight loads of ventilators on the roof.

The airport’s supervisory board was due on Friday to discuss the structural analysis of the building and the expansion of the airport.

The buildings currently under construction are insufficient to handle expected passenger numbers, forecast to rise to 33 million in 2017.

Bretschneider called public debates over the construction stop a “storm in a teacup”.

“They found a fault and it’s being resolved, full stop,” he said. In a worst-case scenario there might be 15 more such faults in the new terminal at Schoenefeld, according to Bretschneider.

Berlin’s airport coordinator Engelbert Luetke Daldrup said he expected an update from airport chief Karsten Muehlenfeld and his team.

Michael Mueller, the supervisory board chairman and mayor of Berlin, declined to comment ahead of the meeting.

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