The Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) supervisory board has agreed to the construction of a so-called Terminal T1-E’lite,’ which is designed to handle up to 6 million passengers and cost around €100 million ($114 million). It is expected to open in the first half of 2020.

In a meeting on BER’s master plan, the supervisory board discussed ways to “systematically meet growing capacity demands in order to cope with the influx of the projected 55 million passengers by 2040.” The board confirmed its top priority “remains the final completion of the BER.”

Terminal T1-E ‘lite’ will be located directly south of the north pier at BER, which is already enabled for usage, and will be connected with bridges.

CEO Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said, “Our foremost aim continues to get BER connected to the network as quickly as possible. All the same, we must still look to the future and develop the airport location on a long-term scale. With the master plan, we are taking necessary strategic steps ahead of time.”

Construction work on Berlin’s new airport began in 2006. BER, which was originally scheduled to open in October 2011, has been delayed several times because of planning and construction problems, especially concerning fire protection installations.

There is still no official date for the opening of BER.

In 2016, 32.9 million passengers used Berlin’s two airports, Schoenefeld and Tegel, up 11.4% compared to the year before.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at