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Berlin Tegel Airport's Operating Permit Expires


Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL) is no longer a commercial airport. On 4 May 2021, at midnight, the operating permit for TXL Airport expired. Flight operations in the capital's region have been concentrated at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in Schönefeld since November 8, 2020.


According to the notice on the revocation of the operating permit by the Senate, the airport must be closed six months after BER’s southern runway has been put into operation. With the last take-off of an Air France aircraft to Paris, air traffic at Tegel ended on November 8, 2020 after more than 70 years. After that, the airport was placed into “sleep mode”, meaning that flight operations functions were maintained but aircraft no longer took off or landed there.

All buildings in question have already been dismantled within the last six months without jeopardising operational readiness; Terminal C3 and pedestrian bridge between terminals A/B and C have already been demolished, as have the transfer baggage hall, the VIP lounge at Terminal A and the customs baggage storage facility. Shops and catering facilities are empty. The dismantling and decommissioning of buildings and technical facilities as well as the clearance have cost about three million euros so far and another three million euros will be needed before the handover in August.


Since last November, the once busy terminal and the apron it served, have been empty, with a ghostly silence hanging heavily over them


The airport site, along with its 130 buildings and facilities, will be completely returned to the owners, the State of Berlin and the Federal Government, by the beginning of August 2021. Technical facilities that were still needed for operational readiness will also be dismantled over the next three months, including facilities for German Air Traffic Control, the German Weather Service and the Federal Police.

The technical maintenance and protection of Tegel Airport during the six-month temporary cessation of operations up to 4 May 2021 cost a total of around three million euros.