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COFFEE BREAK COFFEE BREAK Lukas Breitenbach meets up with BER Airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup for a coffee MR. LÜTKE DALDRUP, IS THERE ONE QUESTION YOU SIMPLY CAN’T BEAR TO HEAR ANYMORE? Of course, I get non-stop questions about what the exact date of the BER airport opening. Given that I was instrumental in getting a dependable date for the opening, I’m relatively certain as to how much longer I’ll have to respond to that question. However, seeing as I myself asked that question many times as a member of the supervisory board, I can’t blame others for doing the same. The idea of waiting until October 2020 is a lot to ask of the general public. But we’ll have to endure the stress together until then. Ultimately, the two-and-a-half years of stress will be easier to bear than repeatedly pushing the date back. YOU RECENTLY DESCRIBED YOUR POSITION – PRESUMABLY QUITE ACCURATELY – AS “THE MOST UNPOPULAR JOB IN THE CITY.” DO YOU NEVERTHELESS TAKE ANY PLEA- SURE IN DOING YOUR JOB? I enjoy my job, even with the aggravation that comes with the position of airport head. I take a solution-oriented approach to my work, and there are still many things to be solved at BER. I’m conscious of the fact that the job comes with a great deal of responsibility that goes far beyond the company and the capital region. I have tremendous respect for the position, and I try to bring an appropriate dose of humility to my work. YOU BET A CASE OF “GOOD RED WINE” ON THE OPENING OF THE BER AIRPORT IN OCTOBER 2020. IS ANYBODY BETTING AGAINST YOU ON THIS ONE? Interestingly, nobody has responded to it yet. I’m quite sure of my bet, and it would appear that no one is as convinced to the contrary. I take that as a good sign. Ultimately, it’s in the interest of all of us that the airport is completed. Plus, considering the economic threat that the Berlin/ Brandenburg region would face if the project fails, even a case of good red wine would be a small consolation in comparison. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BER AIRPORT ANECDOTE? I don’t have a favorite anecdote, but I suspect the stream of more or less good BER jokes will not abate in the near future. It’s interesting that the BER construction site continues to inspire jokes and anecdotes while less attention is paid to the fact that year after year, our airports in Tegel and Schönefeld transport increasing numbers of airline passengers and provide solid and reliable airport service for the entire region. Photo: Wolf Lux 26

About Engelbert Lütke Daldrup What else can we say… about BER? After completing a degree in spatial planning at TU Dortmund, Lütke Daldrup worked initially in Frankfurt am Main and then in Berlin and Leipzig. After ten years as city councilor in Leipzig, he became state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development in 2006. In 2015, after holding positions in Berlin and Weimar, he became airport coordinator for the federal state of Berlin and took up a seat on the supervisory board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. In March 2017, the supervisory board appointed Lütke Daldrup to the position of chairman of the board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, which made him head of Berlin’s Tegel, Schönefeld and Berlin Brandenburg airports. 27

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