Report: 770 million euros more needed for Berlin’s new airport

770 million euros more needed for Berlin's new airport

The scandal-plagued Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) project will need an additional 770 million euros before take-off, public broadcaster RBB reported on Friday.

This would increase the costs for what will be Germany’s third-largest airport to just under 7.3 billion euros.

A spokesman would not comment on the report, referring instead to an upcoming supervisory board meeting. RBB said the rise in cost would be presented to the board next week.

The additional costs have been attributed to the airport’s opening being postponed once again in December, from 2018 to 2020.

The new airport in south-eastern Berlin was originally set to open in 2011. It has witnessed several other false starts.

The next date was set for 2012, but then scrapped weeks before the grand opening, after tickets had already been sold for flights to and from the airport.

Further setbacks and scandals have followed, including a roof that was far too heavy, faulty fire doors and smoke removal systems, bankrupt suppliers and employees caught taking bribes.

The transport hub was intended to propel the German capital into the 21st century.

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