The developers have by no means disagreed with the planned new government terminal at BER Airport: the states of Berlin and Brandenburg would like to renounce it and instead use the already completed transition solution on a permanent basis. However, the Confederation at least officially claims that a representative terminal for government and state guests will be built on the future capital, a "calling card of the Federal Republic of Germany". The total costs amount to at least 344 million euros.
As is now known, Engelbert Lütke airport manager has submitted a compromise proposal to the supervisory board – without a new building, but with sufficient space for the aircraft of the state guests and the aviation willingness of the federal government. The BER CEO sees various advantages in his proposal: less time pressure, less complex construction projects and a cost saving of 75 million euros.
The Federal Ministry of Finance, whose State Secretary Werner Gatzer is a member of the Supervisory Board, did not want to comment on this. The discussions of the audit committee are confidential, it was said on the ground.
The representative new building could be omitted
Berlin and Brandenburg are in favor of an existing terminal building instead of the expensive new building. This fall was finalized as a temporary solution for 70 million euros. The federal government plans to use these five years from the planned launch of the BER in 2020. Then, at a site next door, the last government terminal will be ready, the start of construction of which will be delayed due to problems surrounding the BER.
The alternative proposal that Lütke Daldrup presented to the Supervisory Board at the November meeting with the words "strictly confidential" combines both concepts. The temporary interim solution could become a permanent solution, but the location next door would also be used to a large extent – for airline hangars and parking places for their aircraft. There would be room for the representative new building, but it could also be omitted.
That would give the airport the necessary space on the platform to operate the old Schönefelder passenger terminal after 2025, the BER should not be enough for the growing passenger numbers. The Federal Ministry of Construction assumes that without a new building of the government terminal with the associated platform, the willingness to escape cannot go from Köln-Wahn to Schönefeld.
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