New German Airport to Open in 2012

9 September 2010 (Last Updated September 9th, 2010 18:30)

The German Government will open the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI) to the public on 3 July 2012. Built with an investment of €2.5bn ($3.2bn), BBI will have an initial capacity of 27 million passengers each year. The airport is expected to handle 45 mi

The German Government will open the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI) to the public on 3 July 2012.

Built with an investment of €2.5bn ($3.2bn), BBI will have an initial capacity of 27 million passengers each year.

The airport is expected to handle 45 million passengers each year when further expansion is completed in the future.

The German Government will invest an additional €600m ($773m) for the construction of a train terminal and €70m ($90m) for the construction of roads to the airport.

BBI built on a vast area of 1,470ha, the airport will become Germany's second largest airport after Frankfurt International Airport.

The Federal Republic of Germany will hold 26%, the State of Berlin 37% and the State of Brandenburg 37% of shares in BBI, according to centreforaviation.com.