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Berlin’s much delayed new airport welcomes first flights

Fire engines spray water to greet planes of airlines Lufthansa and EasyJet, the first flights to arrive at Berlin’s “Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt”.

BERLIN: Berlin’s new international airport officially opened on Saturday nine years late, massively over-budget and in the middle of a virus-induced air transport crisis.

Two special flights operated by low-cost pioneer EasyJet and German national carrier Lufthansa touched down at Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt (BER) around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) after flying in from nearby Tegel Airport and Munich respectively.

“It’s a historic day,” Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr told reporters. “I still can’t believe it,” he had joked before leaving Munich.

Many Germans had almost given up on the airport after years of embarrassing delays, scandals…

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