Lufthansa Technik to build hangar at Berlin Brandenburg

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Maintenance firm Lufthansa Technik is to construct a new hangar at the future German capital hub, Berlin Brandenburg International Airport.

The hangar will have three bays capable of handling short- and medium-haul aircraft.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport is to open in mid-2012, after the recent postponement, and Lufthansa Technik says the hangar will be operational the same year.

It states that it will be used to service Lufthansa aircraft but adds: "At the same time it will be possible to expand the capacity available for other customers of Lufthansa Technik in Berlin."

The company believes the opening of the new airport, which will replace the historic three-airport system in the German capital, will "significantly increase" the demand for maintenance services at the site, currently the location of Berlin Schonefeld Airport.

Lufthansa Technik's Schonefeld maintenance centre handles Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft, and employs 450 personnel. Its customers include Condor, Germanwings, EasyJet and others.

"As well as looking after Lufthansa's needs here in Berlin, we intend to win new business and new customers for ourselves once the airport opens," says the centre's head, Thomas Rueckert.