Berlin airport to open in June 2012
BERLIN (AP) - Berlin's new airport will open in June 2012 - seven months later than previously planned.
Officials said Friday new security demands for Berlin Brandenburg International airport had changed the opening date to June 3 from Oct. 30.
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said it would have been too risky to ignore the new security measures just to open the airport on time.
The new airport is being built on the compound of Schoenefeld airport, southeast of the German capital. Once it is finished, around 25 million passengers will be expected annually.
Tegel airport, currently Berlin's busiest, will then be closed. Tempelhof airport was closed in 2008.