Berlin’s New Ill-Fated Airport Only 4 Percent Defect Free

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Luftbild des Flughafens BER "Willy Brandt" am 9.7.2013

Progress on bringing Berlin’s new Berlin Brandenburg Airport up to code has moved at a snail’s pace as a steady stream of complications have held back the opening which was originally planned for 2012.  In November 2013, it was announced that only 3 percent of the defects had been resolved, and now four months later that number has only increased to 4 percent.

When the airport missed it’s 2012 opening, it was due to over 66,000 deficiencies, and while it is being reported that a large amount of those issues have been addressed, there are some that a proving to be more complicated than first expected.  Fire safety and sprinkler system issues are among the problems holding back the opening.

Various initiatives had been put into place to speed progress, including the recent “Sprint” initiative, but with progress of only one percent over four months, confidence isn’t very high right now.  Recent estimates have the opening pushed further out, with sometime in 2015 being among the closest estimates.

 

Sources: Der Tagesspiegel
Photo: Günter Wicker / Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

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