The airport has been handed over to the city as the final airlines transfer to BER
The last flight to depart from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) took place yesterday, November 8.
Air France flight AF1235 was the final departure, travelling to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. All air traffic within the region will now go through Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER).
Following the news of the final departure, Brussels Airlines announced that all its operations had been transferred over from TXL to BER as of November 9.
The airline joins Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS at the new site.
All flights have now completely ceased at TXL, as the site was symbolically handed over to the city.
Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of BER, believes the closure should be marked as “the end of a very special chapter in history of transport.”
The airport will be kept in an operating condition for the next six months, although no more flights will take place at the base.
Once the six month period is up, Tegel will be converted into a new urban district.
“This is not an easy farewell. The hearts of many people in Berlin are attached to Tegel. After all, this airport was enormously important for our city and had a symbolic significance beyond just air traffic,” said Michael Muller, Governing Mayor of Berlin.
He added; “At the same time, however, this is an important new beginning for Tegel Airport. This site has an eventful and successful past. But it also has a great future.”
Tegel has an extensive history, with recorded airship trials taking place there as early as 1896.