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Airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI)

New BBI Airport - simulated view from above
Simulated bird's eye view
of the new airport

The Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI) will be Berlin's new central airport, taking over from Tegel, Schönefeld and the now-closed Tempelhof. It is currently being built on and next to the site of the existing Schönefeld Airport, but completion has been delayed time and time again. Previously scheduled to open on October 27th, 2013, the airport will now not be opened until some time in 2014 before the end of the decade. Reasons for the delay include the need to adapt the airport to new regulations, the resulting bankruptcy of subcontractors and most recently problems with the fire safety system. However the airport is already in use for limited freight traffic.

IATA Code

The new airport's IATA Code will be BER.

Access

BBI will be served by a range of public transport options, including bus, S-Bahn and regional trains. Trains will stop at Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg station, currently under construction. BBI will not have an U-Bahn connection; nearest station is Rudow on the U7, around 10 ~ 15 minutes away by bus.

A new Airport Express train (RE9 linking BBI with Berlin's Berlin-Hauptbahnhof via Berlin-Südkreuz) will be introduced, linking the airport with the centre of Berlin.

Airport tours

Guided tours of the airport construction site are available - see here for details.

Observation Tower

Infotower at BBI
New "Infotower"

For visitors interested in the BBI construction site, an observation tower ("Infotower", see image on the right) has been constructed. While access was originally limited to organised tours daily, it is now open to anyone during the advertised opening times; entrance 2 Euros per vistor (child discounts available). More information is available on the BBI's website here. Note that opening times are subject to change at short notice - check with BBI before making a trip.

References

The Berlin-Brandenburg airport authority has more details on its website:

Images: BBI