WWII Bomb leaves passengers stranded at Berlin's unfinished airport

Bomb Leaves Passengers Stranded at Berlin’s Infamously Unopened Airport

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Originally planned to open in 2010, Berlin’s shiny new Brandenburg Airport (BER) has sat unfinished and plagued with a dizzying amount of code violations, and while an opening date is still far off, the airport had a moment in the spotlight Tuesday evening when an unexploded bomb from WWII was discovered near the aging Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), forcing a total shutdown of the building and its runways. With the empty Brandenburg airport being outside of the evacuation zone, many of the Berlin flights were rerouted to the pristine set of runways in what would be the new airports first close-to-real-world test.

How did it do? Much like the airport itself, the plan was seen as a complete failure as passengers soon discovered that their destination wasn’t really much of an airport without the proper set of crew and equipment on the tarmac to get them off the planes. Not to mention the airport building itself, which was pretty much an unusable shell.

Now it is hard to put too much blame on the BER facilities seeing as it has never existed as a functioning airport, but the team that decided on it acting as one for the evening sure can be. Earlier flights were rerouted to the more appropriate Schönefeld airport (SXF), also in Berlin, but it was unable to accommodate the demand of all the inbound flights.

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Sources: DW

Photo: Jon Worth [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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