If the number of coming weeks in Berlin is not increased, the number of air passengers at the German airport will be closed in mid-June.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic in Germany, the fourth largest airport could be closed ahead of schedule. If in the coming weeks there will not be a significant increase in passenger traffic, then from June 15, a two-month break will be made at the airport. This decision was made on Wednesday, May 20, by representatives of the German Federation and two federal states – Brandenburg and Berlin, a spokesman for the financial affairs department of the Berlin Senate said.
According to her, the relevant application has already been sent to air traffic control. In this case, all flights will be transferred from Tegel to another Berlin airport – Schönefeld.
The head of Tegel’s airport, Lyutke Daldrup, said that he was ready to open the airport again if the number of passengers rises to 50,000 people a day.
“But I don’t have, frankly, optimism that in a few months we will return to the level of 50,000 people,” Daldrup suggested.
In November 2020, Tegel is scheduled to be closed completely in connection with the commissioning of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER). After a protracted construction that has continued since 2006, and many postponements of the opening dates, BER is due to begin work on October 31.
In 2019, Tegel, located in the north-west of Berlin, served more than 24 million passengers and entered Thursday at German airports along with Frankfurt, Munich, and Düsseldorf. The smaller Schönefeld, located southeast of the German capital in the state of Brandenburg, received 11 million passengers last year. The number of passengers at both Berlin airports is only about two thousand a day.