The runways and check-in desks of Berlin Brandenburg Airport were scheduled to come to life in 2011, but a series of expensive set-backs delayed its opening until 2017. Now, even that looks doubtful. Experts argue that the airport’s catalogue of disasters stems from the fact it is managed by too many politicians and too few qualified specialists.
“Almost without exception, it is politicians who deal with finances on the airport’s supervisory board, there’s not a single expert,” said Manuel René Theisen, an economics professor and publisher of a German trade magazine on supervisory boards.
“Companies that are mostly or completely under public control are, as experience shows, almost always managed less effectively,” he said. “Above all, they are negligently and inefficiently monitored and supervised.”
Dieter Janacek, an economic policy spokesman for the Green Party parliamentary group, said that the close links between the supervisory board, the political establishment and company management “do not exactly facilitate strict oversight”.