Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has issued the following statement concerning the new delay for the opening of the new Berlin airport:
“Airberlin is disappointed about the latest postponement of the opening date for the new airport Berlin-Brandenburg BER. This will have an adverse effect on all passengers and on airlines. Airberlin has already insisted many times on receiving a reliable opening date which can therefore be planned around. A renewed postponement means that the unsatisfactory situation for all passengers will continue.
Because of the latest postponement, Airberlin expects the airport company to do everything possible in Tegel to achieve an even better standard. Airberlin itself incurs considerable expense in passenger control for the rising numbers at the old airport and will continue to do everything to keep the effects on our passengers to a minimum. The additional service staff will also be available to Airberlin passengers in Tegel in the future, and ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Airberlin continues to place great emphasis on BER. As the market leader in the German capital, airberlin intends to expand its position, grow continuously and further build up the hub with international long-haul flights.”
In other news, Airberlin has appointed a new CEO. As of January 7, 2013, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, 56, will take over the post of Chief Executive Officer of Air Berlin PLC from Hartmut Mehdorn, who has been in the position on a transitional basis since September 1, 2011. At the same time Prock-Schauer will become an Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Air Berlin PLC. Hartmut Mehdorn will remain a member of the Board.
Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMJ (msn 36872) was the 2012 “Flying home for Christmas” Santa Claus logojet. The airliner is pictured resting overnight at Nuremberg.