Berlin Tegel Airport to Close Amidst Pandemic – and Possibly Never Reopen

By Kurt Stolz on 28 May 2020
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Berlin Tempelhof Airport, which closed in 2008

Berlin Tegel – the city’s main international airport whose history goes back to the 1948 Berlin Airlift – will close temporarily amidst a plunge in air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it may never reopen given plans for the city’s new airport, Berlin Brandenburg, to open in the fall.

The move was approved at a shareholders’ meeting of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and was confirmed by Brandenburg’s Finanzminister Katrin Lange.

“This is a reasonable compromise,” she said.

The new airport is intended to replace both Schönefeld and Berlin Tegel, giving the city a single airport (Tempelhof, the city’s third airport, closed in 2008).

Two years ago, the city’s culture minister, Klaus Lederer, and Lutz Leichsenring of the city’s Clubcommission, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation, development, and future of the city’s club scene, said that the airport might be converted to a club a mix of temporary and permanent music venues once it closes.

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