Located 18 kilometers from the German capital, it will replace the current airports of Schönefeld and Tegel.
The Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) announced that the Flughafen Supervisory Board Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) approved the executive report on the planning of the start-up of the airport for October 2020.
Initially, the airport had opening date in 2010, but a number of problems were delayed opening. Later the date of beginning of operations was postponed in time, becoming June 3, 2012, then March 17, 2013 and then in 2014. Finally, it was known that the opening will take place in the month of October of 2020, 10 years later than expected.
The delay brought numerous monetary losses that led to tripling the initially proposed expense, in addition to involving the project in a controversy where there was even talk of poor planning, execution, management and corruption of the construction.
On 18 December, the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) held a meeting where, in addition to announcing the opening date, issues related to financing were discussed and it was decided that all available options will be used for the financing of capital and debt, and the Supervisory Board will be informed of the amounts required at the next meeting in March 2018.
Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport is located on land adjacent to the Berlin Schönefeld Airport, in the city of Schönefeld, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the center of Berlin, in Germany.
The construction of the same was planned to replace the current airports of Tegel and Schönefeld, and serve the 6 million inhabitants living in Berlin and the State of Brandenburg.
Two runways and a large terminal will be part of its facilities, although in 2016 plans were started to also build a separate terminal for low-cost airlines.
It will be the third airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich, and will have an initial capacity to serve 27 million passengers per year.