Initiative Willy Brandt International Airport

Initiative Willy Brandt International Airport

The Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI) [Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg-International] will be Berlin's new central airport. It is currently being built next to the site of the existing Schönefeld Airport and is scheduled for completion in 2013. The infrastructure project is a joint venture of the Federal Republic of Germany and the states of Brandenburg and Berlin. From 2013, all air traffic will flow through this new airport in the German capital.

The Initiative Flughafen-Willy-Brandt aims to mobilise public support for the goal to find a worthy name for this very important infrastructure-project in Berlin-Brandenburg. In our view it should be named after an outstanding historical personality who worked in favour of Berlin, Germany, and Europe:

"Willy Brandt International Airport"

Willy Brandt was the governing Mayor of Berlin ("Regierender Bürgermeister") during the years 1957 to 1966, and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany between 1969 and 1974. Like no one else, he worked for the reunification of Germany, Berlin, and Europe. He worked in favour of the reconciliation between the people of Germany, and the peoples of Eastern Europe.

For all these reasons, we are convinced that Willy Brandt would be a worthy name for the new Berlin airport!