GERMANY. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is set to open in October 2020, over eight years after its original opening date, according to the airport’s Supervisory Board.

The decision was reached today at a meeting between the Supervisory Board, experts from Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB), project management representatives, the planning authorities and TÜV Rheinland.

Long delays: The airport was originally due to open in June 2012

All parties agreed that it was necessary to determine the exact additional financing needs as quickly as possible on the basis of the opening date. FBB said it will use all available options for equity and debt financing.

The Supervisory Board will be advised in its meeting at the beginning of March 2018 about the additional financing required until the opening.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board and State Secretary Rainer Bretschneider said: “I am convinced of the validity of the current planning. I was convinced by today’s discussion. Now it will be important to implement the planning properly and purposefully. It’s about winning back local trust.”

Berlin Brandenburg Airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup commented: “Today’s Supervisory Board meeting marks the start of the final phase of the terminal’s completion, and thus the start of BER. It is important that the Supervisory Board gave its support to the opening date of October 2020 after an engaging debate. The schedule is authoritative and reliable. This allows us to achieve both security and orientation.”