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Germany: Berlin's Tegel Airport deserted as mid-June closure announced02:44

Germany: Berlin's Tegel Airport deserted as mid-June closure announced

Germany, Berlin
May 20, 2020 at 16:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Berlin's Tegel Airport, seen virtually deserted on Wednesday, is scheduled to cease operations for at least two months from June 15.

The move is intended to save money amid a collapse in passenger numbers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The airport is run by a company jointly owned by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, and the federal government.

In normal times Tegel is the German capital's busiest airport but all air traffic will now be directed to Schoenefeld Airport, which is currently primarily used by budget airlines, instead.

Tegel was scheduled to close in October amid the inauguration of the long-delayed BER Berlin Brandenburg international airport, with the airport's operator not ruling out that the current temporary closure may become permanent if passenger numbers fail to bounce back before then.

On Monday the German government announced plans to ease travel restrictions and EU border controls from June 15.

Germany: Berlin's Tegel Airport deserted as mid-June closure announced02:44
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Berlin's Tegel Airport, seen virtually deserted on Wednesday, is scheduled to cease operations for at least two months from June 15.

The move is intended to save money amid a collapse in passenger numbers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The airport is run by a company jointly owned by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, and the federal government.

In normal times Tegel is the German capital's busiest airport but all air traffic will now be directed to Schoenefeld Airport, which is currently primarily used by budget airlines, instead.

Tegel was scheduled to close in October amid the inauguration of the long-delayed BER Berlin Brandenburg international airport, with the airport's operator not ruling out that the current temporary closure may become permanent if passenger numbers fail to bounce back before then.

On Monday the German government announced plans to ease travel restrictions and EU border controls from June 15.

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