Feasibility of new Berlin airport date unclear

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport's management team is still evaluating the planned opening date for the new hub in the German capital, but has yet to reach a decision on whether it remains feasible.

The opening of the airport was postponed just a couple of weeks before its inauguration in early June, after the late realisation that the fire control system would not be functional.

Its new opening date was fixed for 17 March 2013 but following a supervisory board meeting on 16 August the airport operator stated that it was "evaluating the feasibility of the opening date with internal and external construction experts".

"We have only recently started this work and are not yet in a position to conclude our evaluation," says chief operating officer Horst Amann.

Work is continuing on compiling status reports and implementation plans, and Amann says that the supervisory board expects to have "clarity" regarding the opening date by the next meeting in mid-September.

"Constant updates and speculation are not helpful for the time being," he adds. "We will get on with our work and, as soon as we have any results, we will inform the supervisory board and the public."