Green Party faction leader Hofreiter warns that the new Berlin airport cannot cover the costs and will therefore “remain a subsidized operation”. The airport needed a debt relief concept.
The parliamentary party leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter, sees the new Berlin airport BER “in great economic difficulties”. It should not be forgotten that the airport has become much more expensive, Hofreiter said on Wednesday on RBB Inforadio. “It was calculated at 2.5 billion euros and cost 6 billion euros.
This means that the airport has become twice as expensive and will remain “a millstone” and “a subsidized operation”. Hofreiter was convinced “that the airport must be excused from its debts”. The debts due to the high construction costs would be offset by lower income from Corona, which could not cover the costs. “A debt relief concept is needed and this must be honestly put on the table.
Previously, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had also seen further need for state aid for the capital city airport, which is to start operations on Saturday after years of delay.
The owners of the airport company – Berlin, Brandenburg and the federal government – are already supporting the company with 300 million euros this year. A loan of around 550 million euros has been promised for next year.