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Germany: Berlin Brandenburg airport to open after 9 year delay

After nine years of delays, the new Berlin Brandenburg airport will finally open on October 31. Tegel Airport (TXL) will continue to accept flights until at least November 8.

The new Berlin Brandenburg airport airport, which was built next to Berlin-Schönefeld airport, will replace three Berlin airports: Tempelhof, Tegel and Schönefeld. 

The new airport is Germany’s largest infrastructure investment. In the initial phase, it will serve up to 27 million passengers a year, and after a possible expansion, to 50 million.

Official inauguration ceremonies have been announced on October 31, but the test landings will take place there from October 25, and Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) adjacent to the new airport will officially become Terminal 5 of the new airport and receive the BER code from IATA.

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For now, it is not known where the first planes will come from and what their flight numbers will be, or even whether there will be tickets for these special flights.

The cost of the entire investment is six billion euros, according to Luetke Daldrup. Initially, it was to cost EUR 1.7 billion.

With the opening of the new airport Berlin Brandenburg, the airport on Tegel will be closed. The final connection from this airport will be to Paris on November 8. After the last flight has left, it will be officially closed.