In Brief: Airport CEO says BER is on schedule to open in October 2020, and more headlines

Major operational testing began this week at BER, putting the airport on track to open in October 2020. In other news, Antje Kapek, head of The Greens in Berlin, told Der Tagesspiegel as the city gets more congested, she wants to look at higher parking fees and more expensive resident parking permits.

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On Monday, major operational testing began at the much-anticipated Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER).

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup told Berliner Rundfunk this final round of testing will take about two months. 

Daldrup praised his employees for their commitment. He said they worked through nights and weekends to ensure that testing could start this week as planned.


Antje Kapek, the head of The Greens faction in Berlin’s parliament, told Der Tagesspiegel her party is in favor of a city car toll. As Berlin continues to get more congested, Kapek said, she wants to look at higher parking fees and more expensive resident parking permits.

Currently it costs 20.40 euros every two years to get a resident parking permit, according to information on

In the interview with Der Tagesspiegel, Kapek said paying at least one euro per day would be a reasonable cost for a parking permit. She also suggested a twist on Berlin Governing Mayor Michael Müller’s idea for a 365-euro annual BVG ticket

Kapek asked, why not have a parking ticket that costs 365 euros per year? Then this kind of ticket could also be used to ride the BVG, she added.


Frankfurt am Main police say an 8-year-old boy was killed after being pushed in front of an ICE train at the Frankfurt main train station. The 40-year-old suspect also pushed the boy’s mother onto the tracks but she was able to move out of the way in time.

Police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said the suspect attempted to flee but was stopped by passersby. He was then arrested by police. 

His motive is not yet known, but the incident is being investigated. 

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