When Will Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport Actually Open?

Construction of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport started in 2006, and airport was originally expected to open in 2011. But, as of today, no firm date for the opening of Berlin’s Brandenburg airport has been set. That makes us wonder, when will Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport actually open?

Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport is still under construction. Photo: Wikimedia.

What are the details?

According to the Berliner Morgenpost, the opening of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport is now over 2,500 days overdue. As a matter of fact, the opening of the airport has been delayed several times. There have been issues with construction planning as well as airport management. Several contractors involved in the project have been fired over the years.

Additionally, the airport is a long way over budget. Its construction cost has now exceeded €7bn. The original budget was €2.4bn.

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Even though it does not look like the airport will open any time soon, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, the airport’s current CEO, maintains that the airport will finally open in October of 2020.

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Engelbert Lütke Daldrup
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup believes that Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport will open next year. Photo: Wikimedia.

At present, the airport is still a huge construction site. Additionally, there are problems that need to be addressed. In fact, there is a possibility that issues with the fire protection system in Terminal 1 might delay the opening of the airport beyond 2020.

Germany’s technical inspection association TUV has raised concerns regarding a 2020 opening of the airport. While Daldrup hopes that TUV will start its inspections this spring, the association has mentioned that the inspections might not start until later this year, jeopardizing a 2020 opening.

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Even worse, some people believe that the airport will never open. As reported by the Irish Times last year, Thorsten Dirks, a member of Lufthansa‘s Board, stated that “the thing will be torn down and built anew”.

What do we know about Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport?

Once opened, Brandenburg Airport will become Germany’s third busiest airport behind Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Munich International Airport (MUC). It will have the capacity to serve as many as 28 million passengers initially. By 2035, however, the airport’s annual capacity is planned to increase to 58 million passengers.

However, Brandenburg Airport looks as if it will be too small to handle the expected traffic as soon as it opens. Here are some facts based on data provided by Berlin Airport:

  • The entire airport will cover an area the size of 2,000 soccer fields.
  • The terminal building sits between two parallel runways. Both of the runways can be operated separately due to their distance from each other.
  • The longer one of the runways is brand-new. The other runway is Berlin Schoenefeld Airport’s old runway.
  • The terminal building features a total of 25 jetways.
  • Brandenburg Airport will offer 85 parking stands for aircraft.
Brandenburg Airport
Brandenburg Airport is located right next to Schoenefeld Airport. Photo: Berlin Airport.

What do you think? When will Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport finally open?

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Chris Loh

Hard to say when it will finally open. With the failure of Air Berlin and Lufthansa unlikely to have a 3rd hub, there will probably be a lot less passenger traffic that originally anticipated and planned-for. Therefore, less incentive to get the airport finished soon… As someone who’s flown in… Read more »