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BER opening: the drama in numbers


The major Berlin airport opens nine years late. What can he do? What went wrong? The most important numbers in the video.

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The major Berlin airport BER - which started as a hopeful infrastructure project for the capital region, developed into the structural laughing stock of the nation - and has now somehow been finished on time.

But more on that later.

Because operations actually start nine years later than the opening originally planned for 2011.

BER has two runways: Superheavy jets like the A380 should land on the southern runway, which is 4000 meters long, if they were to fly to Berlin.

The airport will initially consist of two new passenger terminals and the terminal of the former Schönefeld Airport.

The new terminal two will remain closed for the time being due to the corona-related low passenger volume.

The transfer between the new terminals and the former Schönefeld Terminal takes eight minutes - by S-Bahn.

Speaking of trains: there have been around 10,000 so-called ventilation trips without passengers since the tunnel systems were completed in October 2011. Zero escalators lead from Terminal 1 down to the airport train station.

You have been watching this video for 90 seconds: During this time, BER cost the taxpayer about 1,310 euros.

Estimated costs of around 6.5 billion euros will be incurred up to the opening.

After all, 14,750 fire protection deficiencies had to be rectified and around 1400 defective automatic doors repaired and the wrong numbering for some of the 4,000 rooms corrected.

85 parking positions and 25 passenger boarding bridges - these will be enough for a long time, because BER regular customers are low-cost airlines who board on foot or by bus.

Before the corona pandemic, eight airlines wanted to offer long-haul flights from BER in the future - Lufthansa is not one of them.

From March 2021, the longest route from Berlin will be resumed - non-stop with Scoot to Singapore, 9,926 kilometers away.

In December 2017, Engelbert Lütke-Daldrup, already airport manager number four, announced the seventh opening date on October 31, 2020.

This time it worked, at least under Lütke-Daldrup it went on time.

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2020-10-30

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