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Berliners laugh and cry over the long delayed third airport

BER remains unfinished and shut five years after its opening was halted due to technical and other reasons

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While BER is yet to open, its runways are occasionally used by Schoenefeld airport. To ensure the rail tracks and stations built for the airport remain operational, an empty train runs on the route twice a week.

Berlin

LUFTHANSA had its planes ready and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was lined up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony - all was in place for the opening of Berlin's state-of-the-art airport on June 3, 2012.

Except the airport itself. Five years on, and the Berlin-Brandenburg

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