After shut a decade of ready, Berlin Brandenburg Airport might lastly be near opening.
With development starting in 2006, the airport on the sting of the German capital was set to open in 2011.
Designed to accommodate 30 million passengers a yr, it has as a substitute been beset by fixed delays.
Now, the wait may very well be over.
German flag-carrier Lufthansa earlier confirmed it would start its week-long transfer from Tegel Airport to the brand new Berlin airport on October 31st.
The final scheduled departure from Tegel, LH1955 from Berlin to Munich, will take off on November seventh.
The Berlin Brandenburg Airport premiere will then happen the subsequent morning at 06:30, as flight LH173 to Frankfurt takes off from the brand new facility.
“We care about Berlin.
“Nobody else connects Berlin with the world like we do,” stated Harry Hohmeister, chief industrial officer, passenger airways, for Lufthansa.
“Six Lufthansa Group airways fly to the German capital – with as much as 33,000 passengers a day.
“Some 270 locations will be reached with just one switch.
“Berlin is an interesting and cosmopolitan metropolis that pulls individuals from all around the world.
“That’s the reason Berlin wants an environment friendly airport.”
Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airways, Swiss and Brussels Airways will even start operations at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on November eighth.
In keeping with present plans, Eurowings will launch its first flight from the brand new airport on November 4th.
The reserving techniques of the Lufthansa Group airways have now been converted to the brand new airport.
Prospects who e book a flight for November eighth or later will see the brand new ‘BER’ airport as their vacation spot, as a substitute of Tegel.
Passengers who’ve already booked a flight can be knowledgeable and rebooked.
In keeping with present plans, the variety of flights and arrival and departure instances will stay the identical.
Lufthansa stated the brand new airport ought to alleviate the numerous bottlenecks at safety which have usually been the case at Tegel lately.
A centrally organised safety checkpoint, trendy expertise at management lanes and extra spacious terminals ought to make the processes extra environment friendly.
Hohmeister added: “It is necessary that the modernisation of the airport continues sooner or later – Berlin Brandenburg Airport needs to be aggressive, each when it comes to high quality and prices.”