October 20, 2013 / 5:09 PM / 5 years ago

Cost of Berlin's new airport soaring, board member says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin’s long-delayed new international airport, which is still without an opening date, will cost more than expected, a member of its supervisory board, Rainer Bretschneider, said on Sunday.

Noise insulation and the large terminal building were driving costs beyond the expected 4.3 billion euros, Bretschneider told German broadcaster ZDF, and additional levies were payable for every month the airport remains closed.

“I still believe the airport will be able to cover its costs, but not as swiftly as thought,” he said.

The fate of the airport has dented Germany’s reputation for efficiency.

Already 20 years in the planning when construction began in 2006, the airport was then set to open in 2011. That was pushed back to June 2012, then to March 2013, then to October 2013 and now to some point after 2014.

Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Alistair Lyon

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