In the third attempt, airport boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup (63, SPD) finally made it: On June 15, Tegel was allowed to close, the owners of the federal government, Berlin and Brandenburg decided. Maybe too late, because air traffic is increasing again!
The airport boss had been pushing for early closure for almost two months in order to save seven million euros a month. But the federal government was long at odds: its new government terminal in Schönefeld is not yet ready for operation.
On Wednesday the Chancellery also agreed to the end of the Tegel – but only from June 15th. Lütke Daldrup wanted to close down in early May. Now the boss is threatened with some problems.
► Summer vacation starts in Berlin and Brandenburg right on time for Tegel-Aus
► The Federal Government will then lift its worldwide travel warning
► Europe’s tourism ministers agreed to relax travel on Wednesday
► Italy, Mallorca and Greece announce border openings for June
► After Ryanair, Berlin’s major customer Easyjet will soon be flying again
If the desire to travel increases from June, Schönefeld could quickly become too narrow. Due to the prescribed distance and hygiene rules, the old GDR airport stand can now only handle around two million passengers a year – the usual figure would be eleven million. Is the doomed Airport Tegel still needed?
► Tegel costs 6.5 million euros a year after the Aus
► Why does Tegel close when we can fly again?
Lütke Daldrup already rowed back on Wednesday: “At the end of May and beginning of June we will take a very close look at how air traffic is developing,” he said in the rbb evening show, “Tegel will only be taken off the grid if we don’t have enough traffic . ”