The idea of a soft launch for Berlin’s long-delayed new international airport is gaining traction. It would mean opening its doors in 2020, but without its main terminal.
It’s like Sleeping Beauty, slumbering there in the sandy ground, just waiting to be awoken.
At first glance, the new Berlin International Airport (BER) looks like it could be ready to start operating at any moment — that passengers could quickly board their flights and take off.
Yet, that may never come to pass. The long-delayed opening of Berlin’s new airport may go ahead but without its main central terminal.
The director of the company that operates Berlin’s airports, Lütke Daldrup, has come up with a bold idea: opening a sort of BER Lite. It would be a patchwork airport, using just the two side wings as a workaround solution.
It would be an emergency solution, one that could be the disastrous project’s last chance.