With antitrust issues and the legality of passenger fees still to be resolved, the privatization of the Berlin airports in Germany may close in mid-1999. If all goes well, the successful bidder will begin the estimated 2-year planning-consent process in late 1999, aiming to start construction at the existing Schoenefeld Airport in 2003. Operations should begin in 2007, when the city's other airports at Tegel and Templehof will have shut down. To win the contract, Airport Partners for Berlin and Brandenburg (APBB) had to satisfy technical criteria, such as providing two independent runways for 24 hours per day and building an initial capacity of 20 million passengers a year, rising to 35 million in 2030. The unsuccessful bidder has filed suit, claiming that awarding the contract to APBB would give Frankfurt airport a dominant position in the market, since it already has business in the cities of Frankfurt, Hannover, and Saarbrucken. The Brandenburg state court must rule on the complaint while the federal cartel office investigates antitrust issues. On top of that, APBB still must get fund approval from the three public sector players for the DM17 (US$9.30) passenger airport departure tax that it wants to start levying in 1999.

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  • Accession Number: 00765149
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  • Created Date: Jun 29 1999 12:00AM