Air France will conduct the last flight from Berlin’s Tegel Airport when the airport ceases operations on 8 November. The airline was the first civilian operator at the former military airfield 60 years ago, and will now be the last.
Regular flights from Tegel will end on 7 November following the opening of Berlin’s long-delayed Brandenburg Airport at the end of this month, but Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg says that Air France has agreed to operate a last special flight from Tegel on 8 November.
FBB chief executive, Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, said, “Hardly any other airline than Air France is as closely associated with the long and eventful history of flight operations at Tegel.”
The closure of Tegel Airport will follow the opening of the highly-anticipated Brandenburg Airport. Though initially scheduled to open in late 2011, Brandenburg has been plagued by setbacks, first starting with concerns over the main terminal’s fire protection systems, which led to an entire redesign and replacement of building systems.
Multiple subsequent opening targets were missed, and as air traffic in Berlin grew beyond the unopened terminal’s capacity, FBB decided to build an additional terminal at Brandenburg and continue using existing Schönefeld Airport.
Brandenburg Airport will finally commence operations on 31 October 2020, with the terminal of Schönefeld to be retained as Terminal 5 of the new airport.
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