Wed, Dec 05, 2007
Played A Key Role In 1948 Airlift
An 85-year-old German airfield with a storied past will close
next year, victim to declining finances and mounting interest in a
Tempelhof Airport in Berlin -- which played an important role in
the Berlin Airlift -- is scheduled to be closed October 31, 2008,
reports The Associated Press.
Built in 1923, and expanded by the Nazis in the years leading up
to World War II, Tempelhof served as the hub for the airlift after
the Soviets divided Berlin into East and West segments in 1948. The
airport sports a distinctive, horseshoe-shaped terminal complex
(seen above) that is one of the largest remaining examples of
1930s-era architecture in the city.
Sadly, the airport -- now used for short-haul commuter flights
-- has been a money-losing operation for years, despite its place
This week, the Leipzig-based Federal Administrative Court ruled
Tempelhof will be shut down... overriding complaints by the
airlines still serving the field, as well as commuters who valued
Tempelhof's convenient near-downtown location.
As of November 1, 2008, carriers flying from Tempelhof will need
to transfer operations to Berlin's Schoenefeld airport. In turn,
that facility -- once a former military base -- will be transformed
by 2011 into Berlin-Brandenburg International.
Tegel Airport is also scheduled to close, as Berlin leaders seek
to consolidate airport operations around Berlin into a large
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