The controversial new government terminal at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport is not to be built. A building that was originally intended as a temporary facility is currently being used. It should stay that way, confirmed the FDP-led Federal Ministry of Finance.
Originally, a pompous building was to be built at BER, which the federal government, but also state guests, should use. The local press repeatedly dubbed the project a "splendid building". Now, for cost reasons, the construction of the government terminal is being abandoned and the building that is already in place is to be used further. First, the daily mirror reported about it.
The interim building wasn't particularly cheap either, as the federal government at the time put around 70 million euros on the table for it. It was opened in October 2020 at the same time as the formal opening of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. With the successor that has now been discarded, the costs got out of hand as early as the planning phase.
The Tagesspiegel writes that it would have cost over half a billion euros. The FDP-led Ministry of Finance had been pushing for the end for some time, but the Green-led Foreign Ministry stuck to it to the end. Only now did they give in.