West Berlin's new Tegel Airport was officially opened Wednesday (23 October). The airport lies in?
West Berlin's new Tegel Airport was officially opened Wednesday (23 October). The airport lies in the French sector of the city and -- by next April -- will be handling all civil air traffic in and out of West Berlin.
The present Templehof Airport in the American sector will be retained by the United States as a military base.
The new airport -- with the most modern equipment for aircraft and passenger handling -- will be of vital importance in linking West Berlin with West Germany.
West Berlin is now West Germany's largest industrial city and an important crossing point between Eastern and Western Europe. Better East-West relations have seriously impaired the profits of airlines flying to West Berlin, as many charter flights make use of East Berlin's Schonefeld airport. It is hoped locally that Tegel Airport will win back their custom.
SYNOPSIS: When Tegel Airport is in full operation, Templehof Airport will be retained by the United States as a military airfield. Templehof was made famous 25 years ago by the Western allies' air bridge to West Berlin when the Soviet Union cut road and rail links to the city from the Western-occupied zone of Germany.
Western airlines have seen traffic dropping on scheduled flights to and from West Berlin. So they have made strong efforts to cash in on the booming charter flight business. It is hoped that Tegel Airport will recapture some of this lost business and become a cross-roads of European air traffic ... much as Templehof was in the 'thirties.