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January 9, 2013

Berlin airport hit with fourth delay

  • The $5.8 billion project, originally scheduled to open in late 2011, will not open until 2014 at the earliest.
    Associated Press

    BERLIN — For a country that prides itself on efficiency and punctuality, the saga of Berlin's new airport, whose opening was delayed for a fourth time on Monday, has become something of a national joke and source of embarrassment for Germany.

    The mayor of the country's capital city, Klaus Wowereit, said managers for the new Willy Brandt airport have determined that it's no longer possible to open on Oct. 27 this year. He insisted it wasn't yet possible to give a new date, but the delay means the capital's airport won't be opened until 2014 at the earliest — about three years later than originally planned.

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