Berlin airport to open on 27 October 2013
The supervisory board confirmed after its meeting on Friday that Berlin Airport will not open for another year and that the debacle will cost an additional 1.2 billion Euros to completion.
The new COO of Berlin Airport, Horst Amann, presented the results of his evaluation of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport . Mr Amann stated during the press conference following the Supervisory Board meeting: ”I have questioned existing assumptions, commitments and plans. I have pressed the reset button in the area of building services, analysed the current situation and decided upon the next steps. Only such a fresh start can get the airport back on track towards a reliable opening date.“
Mr Amann stated that in his evaluation he has identified four crucial issues concerning the fire safety installations: The existing execution plans suffered from faults and gaps. These plans had been drawn up by the planning consortium whose contract was terminated last May by the airport. Mr Amann said: “We are still lacking plans for a coherent, integrated planning process. Further work is needed in this area to ensure that the construction companies have a reliable basis to work from for the remainder of the project.“
Improper works were carried out on the construction site as a result of the accelerated work programme ahead of the previous opening date of 3 June 2012 that have led to issues such as the overcrowding of cable trays. The issues around the improper construction works that were carried out ahead of the previous opening date were made worse by inadequate coordination and supervision.
Mr Amann said during the press conference that works have almost been suspended for the duration of the evaluation. The next steps ahead of the opening will be as follows: Until autumn 2012: Finalisation of remaining action plans. Autumn 2012 to summer 2013: Remaining construction works. Summer 2013: Adherence test and subsequent assessment by the construction authority. Summer to autumn 2013: Conclude operational readiness of the airport and trial runs
The second key point on the agenda of the Supervisory Board was the financing of the new airport. The supervisory board noted in agreement that, according to the management team’s financing plan, there is an additional capital requirement of €1.2bn. The supervisory board recommends that the proprietors’ general meeting should take decisions as to how this capital requirement can be met. The European Commission is to be notified of the financing concept in the coming days.
The additional capital requirement until the opening in late October 2013 is comprised of: Additional construction cost so far: 276m €; additional construction cost due to delayed opening: 67m € ; additional operational cost due to delayed opening: 230m € ; risk provision for other cost and loss of revenue: 322m € ; additional cost due to noise abatement measures: 305m €.