Coolest New Airport Terminals
Alexander Obst / Marion Schmieding / Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Opening Date: March 2013
Three Berlin-based airports will shut their runways and cease operations as the Brandenburg takes over as the primary hub—assuming that day comes. Technical difficulties postponed the June 2012 debut of a project officials cleared back in 1996. It’s been unpopular with many locals reluctant to say auf Wiedersehen to the more manageable inner-city Tegel airport (distances between curb and plane were as little as 100 feet). The new airport has been designed to handle 27 million passengers and up to 45 million in coming years. What the 3,600-acre glass, concrete, and steel structure lacks in ease (and some say style), it makes up for in amenities. Past security, you’ll encounter five acres of shops and restaurants, while outside the terminal, planners have built “Airport City,” a six-building complex of hotels, restaurants, bars, and cafés.
Kudos For: A six-track railway station underneath the airport that’s built to whisk passengers between Brandenburg and downtown Berlin in just 20 minutes.
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