Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Mayor of Berlin Feels Heat over Latest Airport Delay

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Mayor of Berlin Feels Heat over Latest Airport Delay

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Mayor Klaus Wowereit said he would resign his position on a supervisory board handling the construction of the new airport.

The seemingly endless series of delays and debacles entangling Berlin's new airport has claimed its first political victim after the airport's planned opening was pushed back yet again.

Mayor Klaus Wowereit, who helped build the city's reputation as an affordable, bohemian metropolis in the aftermath of the Cold War, said this week that he would quit as head of the board overseeing construction of the airport. He said he would stay on as mayor, despite calls for his ouster.

Mr. Wowereit's decision, announced Monday, came just hours after an official communication leaked to the news media revealed that the latest projected opening date for the Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, in October 2013, would not be met. The revelation, which came in a letter by the project's chief operating officer, unleashed an uproar among politicians in Berlin and in Brandenburg, the largely rural state that surrounds the capital. …

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