Trial operation at Terminal 1: One airport for the price of three
Photo: Rolf Schulten / Bloomberg via Getty Images
The days in September were exciting, exhausting, but also satisfying for Berlin Airport Director Engelbert Lütke Daldrup.
It won't be long before BER will start regular operations at the end of the month.
That capital airport that the republic had already written off as a breakdown project.
But the studied urban planner Lütke Daldrup finally managed as the fifth boss of the Berlin-Brandenburg airport company to not only complete the BER, but also to let it shine in new beauty.
The trial run went almost smoothly, the TÜV checked, and the construction experts from the Dahme-Spreewald district approved.
And airport manager Lütke Daldrup is a little proud that he made it.
But the festive mood is clouded by a letter from Bettina Hagedorn, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance.
In it she appeals to the budget committee of the Bundestag to urgently grant the airport company a loan and donations of 78 million euros.
This is the only way to ensure the solvency of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Company (FBB) in future.
In other words: Without the fresh money from the federal budget, Berlin would have a functioning airport, but its operator would be bankrupt.
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