Government investing to keep Berlin's Tegel airport open.


New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 To keep Tegel running smoothly until the new airport opens, its government owners are investing a further EURa[logical not]19 million (USD$21.5 million) in 2015 and 2016. The funds are being used for, among other things, a new anti-skid coating on the south runway, improved bathroom facilities, and replacement of a 40-year-old water tank for the sprinkler system. Airport officials say the latest investment should suffice until Berlin Brandenburg is opened, but some feel Tegel should be allowed to keep going, rather than being closed. Fans note the new airport will have a capacity of 27 million, fewer than the 28 million passengers who used Tegel and Schoenefeld last year, and that getting building permission for an additional runway is unlikely in the short term. The association Tegel Bleibt Offen -- "Keep Tegel Open" -- is trying to gather enough signatures to force a local vote on saving it. Michael Kromarek, who chairs the association, said Berlin should have more than one airport, like other capitals, and that Tegel should be retained to serve around 10 million passengers a year, mainly on...

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