Air Berlin ex-chief bids to untangle new Berlin airport

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Berlin Brandenburg airport's operator has named former Air Berlin chief Hartmut Mehdorn as its new head.

Mehdorn stepped down from Air Berlin in January, having led the airline since September 2011.

The airport's supervisory board chairman, Matthias Platzeck, says he is confident that Mehdorn will "put the airport back on track" following last year's fiasco over the opening date.

Brandenburg airport, already previously delayed, had been due to open in June 2012 but this was postponed just weeks beforehand as major design issues emerged.

"I very much appreciate the trust of the supervisory board to task me with the leadership of the airport company and with the completion of Brandenburg in such difficult circumstances," says Mehdorn.

"The most important task will be to regain the trust of the airport's customers, the airlines."

Mehdorn's career has included senior roles at Airbus and MBB Group, and he has also previously headed German rail operator Deutsche Bahn.