The Dahme-Spreewald administrative district’s local building inspection authority confirmed the completion of Terminal T1 at BER following the completion of the construction work. This was preceded by months of checking the documents for construction completion submitted by the building owner, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB), since 2019. In terms of building regulations, there is now nothing to prevent it from being used as a passenger terminal. FBB will now prepare its employees and partners for flight operations with the trial operation that starts on Thursday. In addition, aviation law-related approvals are now being obtained from the Joint Aviation Authority Berlin-Brandenburg (LuBB). Berlin Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to open on 31 October 2020.
Heike Zettwitz, the administrative district’s building regulation coordinator, was pleased “that the ‘passenger terminal’ construction site is finally being completed after years of construction work and that evidence for the safe use of the building is available”.
FBB´s CEO Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup also sees the approval for use of the Terminal 1 building as one of the most important steps on the way to reliably commissioning BER. “It has been a long and difficult road to the final approval from the building authorities. The last three years of hard work have finally paid off. I would like to thank everyone who has not given up on BER and those who have made the passenger terminal a safe building little by little thanks to their great personal commitment and perseverance. The opening of BER can be a signal during these times that things are looking up again in the capital region and that the economy is getting back on its feet,” said the FBB’s Chief Executive Officer.