Berlin mayor quits as airport chairman after further delay

BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit said
on Monday he was stepping down as supervisory board chairman of
Berlin's new international airport following another
postponement of the opening date for the city's flagship

Wowereit, 59, a senior member of Germany's main opposition
Social Democrats (SPD), has faced criticism for the repeated
delays in opening the 4.3-billion euro ($5.6 billion) Willy
Brandt International Airport.

The delays have tarnished Germany's reputation for
efficiency. The delays, caused by red tape and, latterly,
problems with the fire-safety system, have turned the airport
and its city into the butt of nationwide jokes.
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(Reporting by Matthias Sobolewski and Erik Kirschbaum; Editing
by Gareth Jones)