Visit Germany through an Airport with an Amazing History
The Berlin Tegel Airport is a public airport that is located within Berlin Germany It is operated by Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and serves Berlin Germany. It serves as a base of operations for Air Berlin and Germanwings. This airport is the premier international airport for Berlin, Germany and is larger than the smaller Berlin Schonefeld airport. This airport happens to be amongst the busiest airports in Germany occupying fourth position. It received more than 19.5 million passengers in 2013. The airport receives flights from transcontinental destinations as well as numerous European cities and leisure destinations. The airport is situated in a part of northern Reinickendorf called Tegel. This area is northwest of Berlin’s city center. The notable feature of this building is the hexagonal shape of its main terminal building and its open square that shortens the walking distance from the terminal exit to the aircraft. Although the airport is expected to close with the expected opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, this will not happen till after 2017.
The site of the Berlin Tegel Airport was originally a part of the forest known as Jungfernheide. This forest was a popular hunting ground amongst Persian Nobles. Although it became an artillery firing range in the 19th century, its aviation history commenced in the 20th century when area became known as Luftschiffhafen Reinickendorf. A hangar was built on the site in 1906 for the testing of airships. Immediately after the commencement of the second world war, the airport became a location for training aerial reconnaissance crews. The ending of the second world war saw the removal of the aviation industry as a result of the Versailles treaty prohibiting Germany from possessing any armed aircraft. In 1930, the site was used for research facility for the testing of rockets. However, they left the site in 1937 and the area was converted to a secret army research center. With the outbreak of the Second World War, the area became a military training center until its destruction during Allied air raids. In 1948 all previous plans to turn the site into allotment gardens were put aside due to the Berlin Blockade. During the Berlin airlift that followed, it soon became clear that the existing airport was unable to cater for all relief aircraft. Hence it was ordered that the runway be extended making it become, at the time, the longest in Europe. Upon the conclusion of the Berlin airlift in 1949, the site became a base for the Western Allies’ armed forces.
When West Berlin’s main airport, the Tempelhof Airport became incapable of adequately accommodating new generation jet aircraft in 1950, commercial flights were then route through Tegel’s airport. A majority of these flights were domestic flights but some went to the United States and other routes in London, Holland and France as well as the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Following the transfer of British Airways and Pan Am to Tegel from Tempelhof in 1975, the former replaced the latter as West Berlin’s main airport. As a result of Germany’s reunification, restrictions to all airports within West Berlin were lifted on 3 October 1960.
Upon reunification high profile international routes were launched and airlines with a major presence at Tegel were consolidated.
The Berlin Tegel Airport serves as a home to various airlines such as Air Berlin and Germanwings. Other Airlines also fly to and from the airport. These include Bulgaria Air, Jetairfly, Royal Jordanian, airBaltic, Aegean Airlines, Air Malta and Air Serbia.
The Berlin Tegel Airport was nominated for being the one of leading Eco-friendly airports at the World Travel Awards in 2007
Routes and Destinations
Routes and Destinations covered by the airline are Riga, Abu Dhabi, Prague Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Menorca, Ibiza and Alicante. airBaltic is expected to commence flights to Tallinn from the airport on 6 May 2015 and Aer Lingus hopes to commence the Berlin-Dublin route on 25 October 2015. The airport also entertains cargo flights to Gdansk, Liege and Katowice via TNT Airways.
How to check in
There are various ways a person may check in to the Berlin Tegel Airport. These methods include:
1. Check in counters – these are located at the five different terminals at the airport. Passengers can check in at the counter ant receive a boarding pass. They also have an opportunity to drop off their bags at the counter. It is advisable to arrive for check in between 2 to 3 hrs. prior to scheduled departure.
2. Night-before check in – Some airlines give passengers the opportunity to check themselves in the night before the flight. Passengers are to find out from their airlines about such a procedure.
3. Self-service machines – kiosks are available at various parts of the airport to give you an opportunity to check yourself in. Find out from your airline if such an option is available.
4. Online check in- Passengers can check in at home on in their offices and avoid the stressful hassle of check in prior to flight.
Baggage and allowance
Airlines have various regulations regulating baggage allowance. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines on the various weight limits attached to luggage.
Passengers are advised to find out seating arrangements from the airline website or the travel agency.
Airlines are currently responsible for flight fares. Hence passengers are advised to consult with the airline before making a booking.