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Former Berlin airport manager investigated for suspected fraud
July 4, 2017 / 2:24 PM / 3 months ago

Former Berlin airport manager investigated for suspected fraud

BERLIN, July 4 (Reuters) - German public prosecutors are investigating a former member of Berlin airport’s management team on suspicion of fraud, the airport operator said on Tuesday, adding to the troubles of the German capital’s long-delayed airport.

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB), which operates the Tegel and Schoenefeld airports in the city, said the investigation focused on events in 2012, without being more specific.

A planned June 2012 launch for the new Berlin airport, meant to replace the capital’s two current airports, was scrapped only three weeks ahead of time.

“Should damage have been caused to FBB GmbH, the company reserves the right to take legal action,” it said in a statement, adding it would provide documents and information to the prosecutor’s office in Cottbus.

It declined to provide further information on the investigation. The prosecutor’s office was not immediately available to comment.

Daily Berliner Morgenpost said the probe centred on former technical chief Horst Amann, who was in that role from 2012 to 2013. Amann told the paper he was unaware of any investigation and did not have anything to reproach himself for.

Berlin’s new airport has been dogged by a series of delays, building problems and management changes since construction began over a decade ago.

New CEO Engelbert Luetke Daldrup, who took over this year, has not given a new opening date for the airport, located to the south-east of Berlin and named after former Mayor Willy Brandt.

When it does open, it will already be too small to handle all Berlin’s passengers, with capacity of about 27 million compared with the combined 33 million passengers handled by Tegel and Schoenefeld in 2016. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Mark Potter)

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