The opening of Berlin’s new airport will be delayed by up to three months owing to fire safety problems.
The German capital’s Brandenburg airport had been set to start operating on June 3 and replace two hubs from its Cold War past.
It will be the country’s third biggest airport after Frankfurt and Munich.
Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin said: “it was not a good day for the Brandenburg airport, not a good day for local people and not a good day for visitors to the region.”
Berlin-Brandenburg has cost some 2.5 billion euros to build so far.
The delay means the city’s two existing airports, Schönefeld and Tegel, will both have to stay open at the cost of some 15 million euros a month.
Some Berliners want to keep it that way.
One woman said she preferred Tegel because it is closer to her home.
“The later Brandenburg opens, the better,” she said.
Some parts of Schönefeld will be incorporated into the new airport. Tegel, just eight kilometres from the city, will be shut down completely.
A third airport, Tempelhof, was permanently shuttered four years ago.