Wishlisted by Matt Mayer
The Germans are great at engineering, right? Berlin's new national capital airport was supposed to open in 2012. Six billion euros later, the concourses, runways and baggage carousels lie empty. After the reunification of East and West Germany, building new infrastructure in Berlin was a priority, and politicians wanted to replace the aging Tempelhof, Tegel and Schoenefeld with a new mega-airport. What followed was a saga of poor management, politicians getting involved in engineering decisions and several redesigns to account for new aircraft types and low-cost airlines. As the budget spiralled out of control, it was found that the fire suppression system for the whole airport didn't work properly. Eventually more than half a million faults were found. The new opening date is October 2020, but few Berliners will believe that!
Open today: 07:00-18:00
Melli-Beese-Ring 1, Schönefeld, Germany
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