Court to begin hearing displeasures against widening of German airport

A court begins hearing complaints Tuesday from thousands of residents opposed to expansion plans for Berlin 's Schoenefeld airport. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig issued a temporary injunction on building at the site last year, saying residents deserved protection while it considers complaints from about 4,000 of them.

It is going to hear 120 of the complaints, chosen as representative of the various issues, over the next six days.

Under the 1.7 billion euros (US$2.04 billion) plan, former East Berlin 's Schoenefeld airport would be expanded into the state-of-the-art Berlin-Brandenburg International by 2009 or 2010. At the same time, West Berlin more centrally located airports, Tegel and Tempelhof, are slated to close, reports the AP.

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