Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport Used as Parking Lot for VW Cars
Berlin’s hopelessly delayed and much-maligned new airport, Brandenburg, which was originally scheduled to open in 2011, is now being used as a parking lot for thousands of unsold Volkswagen vehicles.
According to dpa news agency in Berlin and rbb24, the German carmaker has leased around 8,000 spots in three parking garages at the site, an airport spokesman said. Several hundred have already been wheeled in on trucks, with thousands more to follow.
Volkswagen has been forced to find a temporary home for the cars because the models have not yet been certified under new tests to check for fuel consumption and emissions. Known as the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, the test is required in the European Union. While many VW models meet the requirements, the company is still awaiting approval for others.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Schoenefeld, to the immediate south-east of the German capital, is frequently the butt of jokes.
Planning began in 1992, construction in 2006 and an opening date was set for the end of 2011. But poor planning, shortcomings in the construction and technical problems have resulted in seemingly endless delays. The building sits empty amid fresh construction and the new opening is set for 2020.