Brandenburg airport delayed again

The opening date for Berlin’s new Brandenburg airport has been put off once again, this time until October 2013, rather than March 2013.

The airport, to be called after the former German chancellor Willy Brandt, was originally due to open in June 2012 but the official inauguration was suddenly cancelled only weeks before the first flights were due to land because of problems with safety and fire equipment.

The airport managing board is expected to confirm the new 2013 date on Friday 7 September. The old Tegel airport will continue to serve the city in the mean time.

Meanwhile strikes by Lufthansa’s aircrew about pay and conditions continue to cause cancellation of flights at all Germany’s airports, this time affecting long-haul services. The company is expected to cancel 1,200 flights on Friday 7 September.