Gallery: Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt OpeningLinda Blachly
After a delay of nearly nine years, Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) officially opened Oct. 31 with a parallel landing from Lufthansa and UK LCC easyJet. The opening was postponed six times and costs tripled to €6 billion ($7 billion). Three terminals have a passenger capacity of 41 million, making BER Germany’s third largest airport behind Frankfurt and Munich. Airlines are moving from Berlin Tegel and the old terminal in Schönefeld to the new facility. Schönefeld closed Oct. 25, but much of its infrastructure was incorporated into the new facility as T5. Tegel will close Nov. 8.
Aviation Week Network/ATW correspondent Kurt Hofmann, who was invited on board the first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo flight from Munich to BER, provides exclusive photos.
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