In the 1970s, Tegel was Europe's most state-of-the-art airport and a model for other airports. Now, Tegel is closing. But it will live on in the memory of the Berliners and international passengers who passed through it.
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Once Tegel airport is gone, so will be the dream of an inner-city portal that brought millions of people to Berlin each year. What's left will be memories of its unique futuristic features, says DW's Timothy Rooks.
Once a symbol of freedom in West Berlin, Tegel airport quickly became too small for a united Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, 30 years later a new, much-delayed airport is finally taking its place.
Twenty-eight years and 550,000 faults later, Berlin's new airport is finally set to open to air traffic on October 31. However, serious questions remain about the financial situation of the company that owns it.
An EasyJet airliner and a plane from Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa were the first to land at Berlin's new airport. The day wasn't without turbulence, though, as environmental activists stole the show.
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