Berlin’s historic Tegel Airport to close in mid-June

The dramatic COVID-19-induced drop in passenger numbers almost led Berlin’s Tegel Airport to close several months earlier than planned. However, a sudden revival means it will now revert to its October closing date.  (Günter Wicker / FBB)

Berlin’s Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL) will close on June 15, four months earlier than planned, after the city’s government decided to shut down operations due to the lack of demand resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Tegel has earned a place in history thanks to its role in serving the former West Berlin during the years when the city was divided.

After the huge delay in completing the soon to open Brandenburg Airport,

Tegel was scheduled to close this October. However, the global collapse in passenger numbers means that the city’s other airport, Schönefeld (SXF), has enough capacity to handle all the city’s flights alone.

Tegel will effectively be on standby this summer in case there is a sharp rise in passenger numbers which prove to be too much for SXF, but that seems unlikely.

Lütke Daldrup, CEO of airport operator FBB, told local broadcaster RBB: “Personally, I would prefer to keep Tegel open until the autumn. If I get 50,000 passengers, Tegel will be put straight back into business. But I’m honestly not optimistic that we are going to see those numbers in the next few months.”