Opening of Berlin's new airport may be pushed back

The operators of Berlin's new airport say they are considering whether to push back the planned opening in March.

The Willy Brandt Airport was originally meant to begin operations in June, but fire safety issues prompted authorities to delay the opening until next year.

German media have reported a series of failures at the flagship project, which is now projected to cost €3 billion ($3.68 billion).

The operating company's technical manager Horst Amann said Thursday that he expects a decision about the opening date to be announced in mid-September.

The Willy Brandt Airport is meant to replace Berlin's two aging airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, which served the formerly divided west and east of the city, respectively.