Regarding the closure of Tempelhof Airport

25.04.2008
A very emotional discussion is currently being held in Berlin regarding the closure of Tempelhof Airport.
As it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the facts in this discussion, Berlin Airports would once again like to remind everyone of the key arguments and decisions upon which the closure of Tempelhof is based.

BBI approval is based on three, distinct, final decisions:

  • November 2005: The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg declares the closure of Berlin-Tegel Airport to be legal.
  • March 2006: The Federal Administrative Court authorises the expansion of Schoenefeld into Capital Airport BBI on the condition that the inner-city airports Tegel and Tempelhof are closed.
  • February 2007: The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg declares the closure of Tempelhof Airport to be legal.

Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "The Federal Administrative Court approved the expansion of Schoenefeld Airport into BBI only on the condition that the airports Tegel and Tempelhof are closed. The main decision reached by the Federal Administrative Court on March 2006 states: 'Granting official approval for the expansion of Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport while retaining the two inner-city airports would not be justifiable in terms of sectoral planning.'"

Schwarz goes on to say: "It took 10 years of hard work to make the BBI plans legally secure. In view of the major economic significance of airports for their regions, BBI approval is Berlin's biggest asset for competing against other regions. BBI approval is a highly complex and finely balanced legal entity. Those who intervene and demand that Tempelhof Airport be kept open, will automatically jeopardise the most important future project in our region, BBI."

All press releases by the Federal Administrative Court on Berlin Airports can be found under the following link:

Visit www.bverwg.de and click on Press, then Press releases and enter "Schoenefeld Airport" into the search box.

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Spokesman Lars Wagner

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