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German Berlin’s Tegel Airport, a much-loved century old airport will be closed for good, means the sad end of an era.
The newly built Brandenburg Airport will be replacing the Tegal Airport from 31 Oct 2020.
Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport, a relic from the last century is the main international airport of Berlin, the federal capital of Germany.
The airport was the fourth busiest airport in Germany, with more than 22 million passengers traffic is a hub for Eurowings as well as a base for EasyJet.
Tegel Airport is notable for its hexagonal main terminal building around an open square, which makes walking distances as short as 30 m (98 ft) from the aircraft to the terminal exit.
The airport is due to permanently close for commercial traffic with the last flight scheduled for 8 November 2020.
During the 19th century, the airport area used as an artillery firing range. Aviation history dates back to the early 20th century, when the Royal Prussian Airship battalion was based there and the area became known as Luftschiffhafen Reinickendorf.
In 1906, a hangar was built for testing of Groß-Basenach and Parseval type airships.
The most famous, Tempelhof, was opened in 1927, and sealed its place in aviation history during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49 when the city was blockaded by the Soviet Union.
In the late 1950s, the runways at West Berlin’s city centre Tempelhof Airport had become too short to accommodate the new-generation jet aircraft such as the Aérospatiale Caravelle., and West Berlin’s special legal status during the Cold War era (1945–1990) meant that all air traffic through the Allied air corridors linking the exclave with West Germany was restricted to airlines headquartered in the United States, the United Kingdom, or France – three of the four victorious powers of World War II.
In addition, all flightdeck crew flying aircraft into and out of West Berlin were required to hold American, British, or French passports.During that period, the majority of Tegel’s regular commercial flights served West German domestic routes, hub airports in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Amsterdam, points in the United States, and popular holiday resorts in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Initially, all commercial flights used the original terminal building (a pre-fabricated shed), which was situated to the North of the runway, at what is today the military part of the airport.
Air France was the first airline to commence regular commercial operations at Tegel on 2 January 1960
Construction of a new, hexagonally shaped terminal complex on the airport’s south side began during the 1960s. This coincided with the lengthening of the runways to permit fully laden widebodied aircraft to take off and land without restricting their range and construction of a motorway and access road linking the new terminal to the city centre.It became operational on 1 November 1974.
Following Germany’s reunification on 3 October 1990, all access restrictions to the former West Berlin airports were lifted., and the airport became one of the busiest airport in Germany.
Tegel was designed for handling 2.5 million passengers a year, but 24 million people flew from here in 2019.
As one day every good will come to an End, the Tegal ends its operations on 8 Nov, 2020….
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