New Berlin airport to be named after former chancellor

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Berlin's new capital airport is to be named after the late chancellor Willy Brandt, the former West German leader.

Currently known as Brandenburg International, the airport is to replace both Berlin Tegel - the main hub - as well as Berlin Schonefeld, on whose site it is being constructed.

A spokesman for the new airport says that Brandenburg will still be used for international marketing but that the facility will also carry Brandt's name.

He says that the supervisory board of the company overseeing the project has taken the decision today.

"[Brandt] was an internationally well-known politician and a Nobel Peace Prize winner," he adds.

Brandt served as chancellor between 1969 and 1974 and became known for his 'Neue Ostpolitik' policy of strengthening the relationship with East Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union.

Once the new airport opens in October 2011 it will adopt a new IATA code, 'BER', which will replace the 'SXF' of Schonefeld. The 'BER' code is currently used for the city region.