Berlin's Tegel airport still open.


New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 Built in the 1970s, Berlin's Tegel airport should have closed years ago, but embarrassing delays to the city's new airport have forced its owners to resort to stop-gap measures to keep it going. Originally meant to serve around 6 million passengers when the main terminal building opened in 1974, Tegel now handles over 20 million a year, and the only way it can take more is if airlines use larger planes. A lack of investment over the last few years while awaiting the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg airport means Tegel is now bursting at the seams. Its concrete architecture contrasts sharply with the steel and glass structures of modern hubs in London, Frankfurt and Paris. Long queues for security checks and restrooms are commonplace. But many still appreciate Tegel because it is just 8 km (5 miles) from central Berlin and a public transport ticket to get there costs only EURa[logical not]2.70 (USD$3.05). Tegel dates back to 1948, when an airport was built in just 90 days to support the Berlin Airlift, a huge Western operation to...

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