Operational obligation at Tegel Airport ends

Operational obligation at Tegel Airport ends

After a six-month standby phase, the former Tegel Airport will finally come to an end in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. At midnight, the operational obligation of the airport site in the north of Berlin ends.

Luftbild vom Flughafen Tegel

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"From 5 May 2021, the site will no longer be an airport in the legal sense either," announced the operator, Flughafengesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg (FBB). FBB plans to hand over the first buildings to the state of Berlin as early as this Tuesday. The last passenger plane, an Air France bound for Paris, had already taken off from Tegel on 8 November. Flight operations have been suspended since then. One week earlier, the new Airport BER in Schönefeld was opened, which has been handling air traffic in the capital region ever since.

Tegel is a temporary vaccination centre

Tegel had to remain operational for another six months in case of problems at BER. However, even in view of the low passenger numbers during the Corona crisis, the old airport did not have to be reactivated once, according to FBB. In the past months, Tegel served as Berlin's vaccination centre in the Corona pandemic.

Beuth University moves into the main building in Tegel

By August, the site and buildings will gradually be handed over to the state of Berlin. Then the state-owned Tegel Projekt GmbH will take care of the further development of the site: the Beuth University of Applied Sciences (from October Berlin University of Applied Sciences) is to move into the iconic main terminal of the former airport. The company also wants to build around 5,000 new flats in timber construction as well as a technology and industrial park.

Tegel was at capacity limit for a long time

The airport architecture that Berliners know today was designed by the architects Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg. Construction began in 1970 and the airport was inaugurated four years later. Since then, the number of passengers has risen almost continuously until the collapse in the Corona crisis and has reached dimensions for which the building was not designed for a long time: of the approximately 36 million passengers in Berlin in 2019, around 24 million travelled via Tegel.

Source: dpa

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