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Troubled new Berlin airport faces fresh delay: Reports

Published on Sep 4, 2012 6:47 PM
A group of visitors walk past the "Willy Brandt" Berlin Brandenburg International (BER) Airport under construction on Sept 4, 2012 in Schoenefeld near Berlin. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Berlin's new main airport, already dogged by delays, will not open until October next year, media reported on Tuesday, dealing a further blow to city and airport officials.

Initially scheduled to open on June 3 this year and replace the city's current two hubs, Schoenefeld and Tegel, the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport was delayed indefinitely in May after problems over fire safety.

Mass circulation Bild and others said the airport would now not open until Oct 27, 2013. A meeting of the firm responsible for building the airport is to be held on Friday where the new opening date is likely to be announced.

The scandal surrounding the project has dented the popularity of the city's mayor Klaus Wowereit, accused of incompetence and underestimating the problems linked to the construction.

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