The new Berlin airport: A symbol of failure finally ready for takeoff

Terminal 1 of Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, ahead of its opening.
Terminal 1 of Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, ahead of its opening.PHOTO: REUTERS
Airport staff are simulating regular operations at BER during its first test-run on July 30.
Airport staff are simulating regular operations at BER during its first test-run on July 30.PHOTO: MARKUS ZIENER

BERLIN - Germany will breathe a collective sigh of relief on Oct 31 when the new Berlin airport finally opens. It will be nothing short of a nightmare coming to an end.

Haunted by numerous construction troubles, frequent changes of management and repeated postponements to the reopening, the airport had become something of a bad joke. German engineering prowess, oft vaunted as the world's best, became fodder for taunts in Berlin.

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