LH meanwhile denied that the EW CEO has said that or really meant what he said. But what he might have said is, that all the Investments LH made in BER have to be scraooed before they could be used commercially.. In the years since the planned opening LH has executed a strategy Change and gave not only the core Company a new Profile.
In all These years FBB, the Berlin Airports Holding Company, was not even able to Change that famous escalatir with that build-in death trap of arriving one step short.
For the Berlin Senate and the Brandenburg state government, an Airport is primarily something that makes noise from which People Need to be protected. That Airports generate Jobs, income, add to the GNP both direct and indirect and the fact that Airports are voital for the accessability of a Region, all that are unknown matters to ideological mis-guided morons. They Claim that keeping TXL open would cost a Billion €, as if that amount becomes payable instantly, the fact that keeping TXL open to accommodate passenger numbers whoch could not be dreamed upon by the mid nineties, does not get Access to These narrow minded guys. The fact that accommodate These passengers which otherwise might go to other cties for their Weekend break and congress venues generates income does not find entry into These Brains.
Withut a General Change in this attitude, without the acceptance that a Commercial Enterprise Needs income to be sustainable, there won't be an end to thiis manifested incompetence.
Their attitude won't change. What they do isn't incompetent, it's deliberate.
TXL has made money all these years, while investments have been curtailed on grounds that it will shut down anyway. But as you say it's primarily viewed as a source of noise and pollutants, same as air travel in general when compared to trains. Today's politicians inherited TXL, it was well built and has therefore withstood all their abuse to date. If they had to build it today, they couldn't. Zero experience and worse, zero interest. They'd much rather to put some benches in the middle of a public roadway to create a meeting zone than to open a new airport: https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/berl ... 99554.html
Berlin is relatively poor, most of the money there is either old West Berlin money, West German money, federal money, or state to state transfer money. The Eastern part of the city and the surrounding former Soviet-occupied zone continue to be an economic drag, and that's augmented by the Reds who govern in both Berlin and Brandenburg.
The West Berliners who run the SPD part of the government grew up in a town that was heavily subsidized and where economical production of goods and services didn't matter and frequently didn't exist. The overarching objective was to entice people to stay in this isolated island in a sea of Reds. The East Berliners who run the communist party there, and their Red cousins in Brandenburg were never good at economics either. After all, East Germany failed primarily because it was unable to fulfill the economic wishes of its people (providing the population with more western products, no more waiting periods for cars, modernization of factories, advances in microelectronics, etc) and that's because ideology was front and center for them, just like it's front and center for today's governments in Berlin and Brandenburg.
An old factory could benefit from a new highway so that revitalization can occur? Not interested, we prefer idyllic small towns with scenic rivers and forests.
Want an airport? Take a train to Frankfurt / Main, they have the biggest airport in Germany.
Schoenefeld not nice enough? We don't need air travel beyond PMI.
TXL maintenance and repairs? Not needed. It's going away in two years (it's always in two years, ever since 2009)
LH thinks demolishing BER is a good idea? Invest in long haul ex-TXL first, you just cut your JFK flight. I'm was an assistant to the mayor and I now run the airport, I know what to do https://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin/umland/ ... thansa-los
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