The construction of Lufthansa Technik AG's new maintenance hangar at the future Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) is officially under way: accompanied by Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Jan Muecke (MdB), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berliner Flughaefen, August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, ceremonially broke ground.
The Hamburg-based company is investing 16 million Euro in the new hangar, which will be able to accommodate up to five short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Alternatively it will be possible to maintain one widebody aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A340 here. With its multi-million investment, the Lufthansa Group is once again showing its commitment to Berlin Brandenburg as a location and in the long term will secure many highly skilled jobs.
Commenting on the significance of the occasion, August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, said: "For Lufthansa Technik today is a special day. With the ground-breaking ceremony for the new maintenance hangar we are expanding our existing Berlin Schoenefeld premises and preparing for the new BER Airport."
Berlin's Governing Mayor, Klaus Wowereit: "The construction of the new maintenance hangar shows that the Lufthansa Group recognizes the future prospects of the new Berlin Brandenburg airport. With this state-of-the-art hangar Lufthansa Technik is not only increasing its maintenance capacity, but in future widebody long-haul aircraft, which in the past largely largely passed Berlin by, will also be able to feel at home here. The Willy Brandt airport will provide a further stimulus to the economy of the capital city and surrounding region."
Minister President Matthias Platzeck acknowledged the commitment of Germany's biggest airline to the future Berlin Brandenburg Airport. He spoke of a further important signal to the region. "Lufthansa is expressly committing itself to the Berlin Brandenburg Airport with this investment," he continued. "This will pay off. For the company, for the airport and for the entire region."
"With the construction of the new maintenance hangar Lufthansa Technik is getting ready to operate at the future Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport. The company's commitment and investment are the right steps to secure competitiveness at this location," said Jan Muecke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berliner Flughaefen, said: "Lufthansa was born in Berlin. It was in Tempelhof that the airline developed into the European market leader in the 1920s and 1930s. The joint success story of Lufthansa and Berlin was interrupted by the aftermath of the Second World War and the decades during which Germany was divided. All the more reason to be pleased at today's ground-breaking ceremony. It is a forceful start to a strong commitment on the part of Lufthansa to the German capital city and surrounding region. We can hardly wait to find out which new routes Lufthansa will offer in the highly attractive Berlin market with its new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport.
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