Tegel Airport in Berlin ceases operations

9 November 2020 (Last Updated November 9th, 2020 10:42)

Tegel Airport (TXL) in Berlin, Germany, has ceased all operations after all flights were transferred to the newly inaugurated Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt.

Tegel Airport in Berlin ceases operations
Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany. Credit: Hans Knips.

Tegel Airport (TXL) in Berlin, Germany, has ceased all operations after all flights were transferred to the newly inaugurated Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt.

The airport closed its doors after the last flight departed for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in France.

The city authorities took over the responsibility of the airport as the site will be redeveloped into a new urban district.

TXL will be kept in operating condition for an additional six months until 5 May 2021, following which the redevelopment work will begin.

Among other projects, a research and industrial park for urban technologies will be developed at the site.

Berlin Governing Mayor Michael Müller: “This site has an eventful and successful past. But it also has a great future.

“Thanks to the ‘Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic’ project, Tegel will be one of the most exciting places in our city in the years to come.

“The site will become one of Berlin’s key innovation hotspots, creating up to 20,000 jobs, with areas for industry, trade, fairs and congresses as well as for science and research.”

TXL supported around 6.5 million take-offs and landings between 1948 and 2020.

Last year, the airport handled more than 24.24 million passengers. However, in April 2020, the figure plummeted to as few as 250 passengers a day due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, Germany opened Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt Airport following a nine-year delay. Last week, the airport became completely operational following the opening of southern runway.