Berlin’s airport, which has been in trouble for a long time, will finally open on October 31


When Berlin Brandenburg Airport “Willy Brandt” finally opens to passengers at the end of October with a double landing of Lufthansa and EasyJet flights, it will present the modern and brilliant entry into the tourist, political, economic and cultural capital that its front runners have been presenting for years. The heart of the project, Terminal 1 with its long glass facade, filigree steel and glass roof and amorphous red cloud of metal mesh that flutters over the interior, will be a stark contrast to the cramped, outdated (but still popular and comfortable proximity) ) the city form into the city) Tegel Airport, which will be closed on November 8thNS after an Air France departure for Paris, his last fight. After the completion of a second terminal, which is due to open next spring due to the reduced traffic due to COVID-19 and the conversion of the neighboring Schönefeld Airport into Terminal 5, the new airport complex will be 3,632 hectares with two runways, which were originally for 45 airlines and 27 million passengers.

The opening is celebrated more subdued than one would expect given the eventful history of the airport: Due to construction problems such as plan changes during the construction phase, political disputes and an organization “too many cooks” budget from 1.7 to 6.5 billion euros, an opening in 2012 that was canceled due to fire safety problems. Far from being proud, the airport and its long delays are an embarrassment for the citizens of the city, as it stands in contrast to Germany’s reputation for efficiency and cutting-edge technology. It’s not surprising that some people don’t think the airport is open until they see it. But even if it won’t be at full strength when it opens, it definitely seems to be opening and there are plans to add more over time: eventually 39 restaurants and 20 service companies on a 100,000 square meter retail space in the center of Terminal 1. Also A Steigenberger Airport Hotel will open on October 31NS within the terminal.

However, despite the final construction work, another problematic aspect of the airport has emerged recently. According to an article in Tagesspiegel, pilots have complained about the noise control maneuver that will be required for easterly wind take-offs, where aircraft make a sharp right turn just 550 feet above the ground. They warn that this will lead to complications and make passengers feel insecure, which is why the maneuver, officially known as the Hoffmann curve, is informally referred to as the “stunt” or “puke” curve. A longer, straight take-off can also be chosen, but it will require more time and fuel that airlines may refuse to use. So the departure schedule could clearly be a question passengers choosing a flight need to ask whether this information is available – or buckle up for quite the journey.


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