On November 8, 2020, Berlin-Tegel Airport is to be closed forever after the departure of an Air France plane to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It is currently planned that the jet will take off around 15 p.m., after which an era in Berlin will end.
Review: Tegel was opened on January 2nd, 1960 - at that time still very provisional. An Air France Lockheed Super Constellation was the first aircraft to land at the then new airport. Initially, the Berlin-Tempelhof central airport remained number one in Berlin, but that changed over the years. In 1974, today's hexagonal terminal was opened, which should actually have been expanded by a wide hexagon. By the way, Tempelhof was closed to civil aviation in 1975 and had a comeback from 1981 to 2008. In Tegel, some strange expansions such as the conversion of parking decks or temporary container terminals were implemented.
Unless another aviation miracle happens, the end of November 8 in Tegel. The last regular scheduled flights will take place on November 2020, 7. Then the Berlin-Brandenburg airport including the Schönefeld terminals will be used. Berlin is then a single airport capital.
The operating company invites the population and all those interested in aviation to experience Otto Lilienthal Airport live again. Therefore, from October 3rd to November 7th 2020, the visitor terrace will be open with free admission. From 11 a.m. to 00 p.m., a maximum of 20 people per day can enjoy the view. Attention: Due to the corona measures must be under the link www.dankegel.berlin a free registration can be made. It is also possible to register up to four other people. The stay is limited to one hour per free ticket.
“With the closure of Tegel Airport, a large piece of the city's history will come to an end. Flight operations were organized very effectively by a perfectly coordinated team from the airport company and numerous partners. The airport, which has long since become too small, was able to handle significantly more passengers than was thought possible - most recently 24 million passengers in 2019. Keeping Tegel running was an important condition in order to be able to finish building BER. Tegel has done Berlin a great service. It is therefore important to us - despite the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic - to give everyone who would like the opportunity to say thank you and say goodbye, "says Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Managing Director of Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH.
The historic hexagon of Terminal A can be visited again on the afternoon of November 8, 2020. FBB will provide information on registration options in good time.