New Berlin Airport Opening Delayed

30 June 2010 (Last Updated June 30th, 2010 18:30)

The opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport in Germany has been delayed so that larger security zones can be built in compliance with EU safety regulations. The airport will now open on 3 June 2012 instead of 30 October 2011 as originally planned. Berlin

The opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport in Germany has been delayed so that larger security zones can be built in compliance with EU safety regulations.

The airport will now open on 3 June 2012 instead of 30 October 2011 as originally planned.

Berlin Airports will invest an additional €50m ($61m) to upgrade the terminal, which will include the installation of 32 security lines to handle a capacity of 4,500 passengers and the construction of two pavilions.

From 2013 the airport will have 36 modified security screening lines and passengers will be permitted to carry liquids. The detection systems will be able to screen up to 5,500 passengers for liquids.

The upgraded security area will feature hand baggage screening and passenger controls and will allow for the installation of full-body scanners.