After missing its open in 2010, and the many delays that have since followed, news that Berlin’s new airport will once again be pushed back is hardly a surprise by now. With the new year right around the corner, German paper Bild is reporting that persistent problems with the airport’s electrical system will push back the late 2017 opening into 2018.
Airport CEO Karsten Muehlenfeld partially denied the report during an interview with Der Tagesspiegel, but his defense did more to back up the original claims than bury them. “I don’t want to hide the fact that the risks prevail by now. The chance (of opening in 2017) is only very small now,” Muehlenfeld told the paper.
Instead of blaming the never-ending construction hurdles, Muehlenfeld used bad weather as a leading factor in the possible pushback into 2018, telling Tagesspiegel that the current opening roadmap would happen in October or November when the potential for snow or ice could pose a problem.
The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which began construction in 2006 and was initially expected to open in 2010, has seen its opening pushed back year after year. Based on reports of the airports slow progress in areas, some argue that even a 2018 open is an unrealistic goal.