Berlin Tegel Airport

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The corona pandemic paralyses global air traffic and poses unprecedented challenges to all parties involved. Lockdowns and travel restrictions around the world freeze operations at the beginning of the year and not only at Tegel. The effects of COVID-19 are clearly noticeable in the first half of the year: compared to the previous year, around 70 per cent fewer passengers are handled by August – almost 5 million passengers use Tegel Airport.
Tegel Airport will be closed with the commissioning of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): on 8 November 2020 an Air France aircraft took off for the last time from the airport in north-west Berlin.

2019 The airport location in Berlin records a record number of passengers for the ninth time in a row. A record number is also achieved at Tegel with 24.2 million passengers.
2018 Passenger volume continues to grow and increases to around 22 million passengers. At the same time, easyJet significantly expands its presence in Berlin and lands at Tegel for the first time in January 2018.
2017 Air Berlin’s insolvency in August only has a slight impact on passenger numbers: almost 20.5 million passengers fly to and from Tegel that year.
2016 New flight connections from Tegel. A total of 81 airlines now connect Berlin and Brandenburg with 177 destinations in 54 countries.
2015 The south runway is refurbished, the sprinkler tank is replaced and a new cooling system for a pleasant climate in the passenger terminals.
2014 Berlin Tegel celebrates its 40th birthday. The airport has preserved its trademark over the years and continues to stand for short routes and easy travel.
2013 Berlin air traffic records record growth of handled passengers. At Tegel, figures rise by almost 8 percent to 19.5 million passengers.
2012 The airport will remain in operation until the opening of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and this year, it will record over 18.1 million passengers.
2011 With a passenger volume of 16.9 million passengers, the airport will be further expanded: another 1,200 square metre handling area is being built at Terminal C as a lightweight construction with space for three aircraft.
2010 Air Berlin continues to develop Tegel Airport into its hub.
2009 In September, an extension to Terminal C is put into operation. The building is used for a majority of non-Schengen traffic to Russia and Turkey.
2008 For the first time, there are direct flights from Tegel to Beijing. A total of almost 14.5 million passengers are handled at the airport. Meanwhile, the “Tegel Project Group” works on proposals for the subsequent use of the site. The aim is to build a research and industrial park with green future-orientated technologies. Furthermore, residential buildings, natural areas and woodland should be created on the area.
2007 The new Terminal C in the east of the airport is opened by the governing mayor, Klaus Wowereit. It is made exclusively available to Air Berlin, which is expanding its intercontinental connections from Tegel as part of its takeover of LTU. Meanwhile, passenger numbers are rising again significantly and reach 13.3 million.
2006 More passenger growth: a total of 11.8 million passengers are handled with low-cost airlines having an increasing share of total traffic at Tegel.
2005 Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines begin non-stop connections to New York in spring. The airport company’s Supervisory Board decides to build a second lightweight construction terminal with an area of 9,000 square metres. Passenger numbers rise again – to a total of 11.5 million.
2004  On 13 August, the planning approval notice stipulates that Tegel Airport should close no later than six months after the opening of both runways at the future new capital airport. Passenger traffic remains stable at just over 11 million passengers.
2003 Tegel Airport once again records positive traffic figures with 11.1 million passengers. The low-cost airline Germanwings moves to Schönefeld for the winter flight schedule.
2001-2002 Despite the global decline in air traffic after 11 September 2001, the airport still records about 9.9 and 9.8 million passengers annually.
2000 Tegel handles over ten million passengers for the first time.
1998 The airport company reports around 8.8 million passengers at the end of the year.
1996 The shareholders Berlin, Brandenburg and the Federal Government decide to build Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI), today Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), on the area of Schönefeld Airport. Tegel and Tempelhof airports will be closed in return.
1990 As part of German reunification, all restrictions for the Berlin airspace are lifted and German airlines can now fly to Tegel.
1975 Tegel becomes Berlin’s most important passenger airport
1968 Tempelhof Airport reaches maximum capacity, and from 1968 on many charter flight airlines move their services to Tegel.
1964 Pan American World Airways (PanAm) commences regular commercial flights to Tegel.
1960 Air France starts the first regular commercial service to Tegel.
1948 Slightly more than a month after the start of the Berlin blockade, the French occupied forces agree to the construction of a new airport in their sector, which is to help the Berlin Airlift. In a record time of only 90 days an airport is built on the former military training site; it has a runway of 2428 metres, which at the time was the longest in Europe. The first aircraft lands here on 5 November 1948.
1945 The site and all buildings on it are severely damaged by bombs. The local authorities plan to establish an allotment colony here to alleviate the housing shortage in Berlin.
1939 During the Second World War the former rocket testing ground becomes a military training ground for the air force.
1933 The Tegel rocket testing site is forced to close due to an unpaid water bill.
1930 A rocket-testing facility is built at Tegel for developing and testing liquid fuel rockets.
1919 The Treaty of Versailles prohibits Germany from having armed aircraft. Work in Tegel stops and the airship hangar built in 1906 is demolished.
1914 The area becomes a military training ground for aerial reconnaissance crews.
1906 An airship hangar is built.
1896 Barracks are built in Jungfernheide for an airship battalion, and experiments start on various designs for dirigibles (Parseval and Groß-Basenach type airships).
1823 The forests of Charlottenburg and Tegel are merged to form the estates of Tegeler Forst and Jungfernheide. Later, Tegel is used as an artillery firing range for the military.