Separately, the resignation of Brandenburg’s prime minister, Matthias Platzeck, will require the airport operator to look for another chairman of the board. The supervisory board may approach ex-Fraport CEO Wilhelm Bender for the role, insiders say. Bender also has been a candidate for the airport CEO role, but turned down an offer before Mehdorn was named.
As a result of the chaos surrounding the new Berlin airport, airlines will continue to operate out of Tegel and Schoenefeld airports for the foreseeable future. That is a particular problem at Tegel, which has been operating beyond its design capacity for years and has used temporary terminals to ease congestion. Tegel also is ill-suited for connecting traffic that home carrier Air Berlin has been heavily promoting, based on the assumption that it could operate from the much-larger Brandenburg International.