Air France was the first airline to operate a commercial flight from Tegel in 1960 and will also operate the very last flight from the airport on Sunday. Lufthansa, which has only been allowed to fly from Berlin since 1990, already operated the last flight on Saturday evening.
A hall for zeppelins was built in 1906 on the airfield where Prussian kings once hunted game. In the 1930s, among other things, rocket and aircraft construction were operated. Tegel was founded as an airport at the end of 1948 when the Soviet Union blocked Berlin and the city was supplied from the air.
After the famous “Berlin Airlift”, Tegel Airport became a base for the French Air Force; The airport was in what was then the French sector. The air force base at that time was inaugurated as a civil airport in 1960 and gradually took over the role of West Berlin’s Tempelhof international airport, which was not designed for the large new jet planes.
A completely new terminal was opened in 1974. This distinctive hexagonal building stayed in use until the end. After German unification in 1990, Tegel became the main airport of the capital of reunified Germany, along with Schönefeld and Tempelhof. Airberlin was also located here, which had grown into the second German airline and went bankrupt in 2017.
Due to the years of delay in the construction of the new BER airport, Tegel ultimately stayed open longer than planned. The airport even had to be renovated in the meantime to last longer.
Last week the new airport in the south of the city finally opened. The former GDR airport Schönefeld is now part of BER. Tempelhof was closed in 2008 and is now a city park.
The very last flight from Tegel, AF1235, starts on November 8th at 3 p.m. for Paris. Then a new period begins for Tegel. The airport area offers space for companies and university buildings.
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