Berlin Brandenburg opening could slip to October 2013

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The operator of Berlin Brandenburg International airport is poised to announce its new opening schedule, with expectations high that the launch date will be pushed back to October 2013.

The airport's supervisory board had planned to meet on 14 September to clarify whether the current opening date of 17 March 2013 is realistic, but that board meeting has now been brought forward to 7 September.

Referring to the planned March opening, a spokesman for the regional government of Brandenburg tells Flightglobal: "It does not look like it will be possible."

He adds that the operator has submitted a new proposal to open the airport in 2013, but the board will have to formally approve any revised schedule during the meeting.

There appears to be no other proposals for alternative time plans.

Berlin Brandenburg was due to open in early June, having already deayed the operational launch from October 2011. The opening was then postponed until March 2013, but last month the board said it was once again "evaluating the feasibility of the [March] opening date".

The government spokesman says all flight operations at the existing Tegel and Schönefeld airports will be transferred to the Brandenburg terminal once the new hub opens.

German media had previously reported that operations could be moved in two phases, allowing for an overlap period during the transition. But the spokesman says any such phased move is impractical and that both Tegel and Schönefeld would be closed in parallel.