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New Berlin airport delayed again due to technical issues: Mayor

Published on Jan 8, 2013 6:25 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - The opening of Berlin's new main airport has been postponed indefinitely after several previous delays, the city's mayor said on Monday, in a fresh blow for the German capital and its top official.

Mr Klaus Wowereit said the "opening date of Oct 27 this year can no longer be maintained" due to a series of technical issues. He said he was resigning from his position as head of the airport's supervisory board as a result, amid ever-louder calls for him to step down as the city's mayor. 

The supervisory board will be headed by Matthias Platzeck, the head of the state of Brandenburg where the airport is situated, said Mr Wowereit. The Berlin-Brandenburg Airport was originally slated to open its doors in June 2012 but has suffered multiple delays due to a raft of technical difficulties and construction errors. 

Mr Wowereit said he was unwilling to offer another date for the opening "given the experience we have had", adding: "I have the impression all the people working on the airport are doing everything they can to overcome the problems." However, he said he would not resign as mayor.

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