Court confirms closure of Berlin's Tempelhof

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12 February 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A Berlin court Monday confirmed the closure of the capital's famous Tempelhof airport next year, rejecting a bid by 13 airlines to keep it in business until a new mega airport begins operation in 2011. The airlines had argued they would suffer undue economic hardship if they were forced to relocate to the city's two other airports before the new Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) opens in 2011. The court ruled that the closure of the loss-making Tempelhof on October 31,

12 February 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A Berlin court Monday confirmed the closure of the capital's famous Tempelhof airport next year, rejecting a bid by 13 airlines to keep it in business until a new mega airport begins operation in 2011.

The airlines had argued they would suffer undue economic hardship if they were forced to relocate to the city's two other airports before the new Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) opens in 2011.

The court ruled that the closure of the loss-making Tempelhof on October 31, 2008 did not violate the rights of the airlines.

The airport, located just a short drive from the city centre, is best remembered for its role in the Berlin airlift when planes landed there every few minutes with vital food supplies during the Soviet blockade of the city in 1948-49.

Nowadays, Tempelhof with its short runways, cannot handle large-scale modern airliners.

Last year the Berlin state government was given the go-ahead to build a new international airport on the site of the current Schoenefeld airport on the city's south-eastern perimeter.

The new 2-billion-euro (2.5 billion dollar) BBI will absorb Schoenefeld's operations and those of the city's third airport at Tegel, which will remain open for six months after BBI becomes operational.

The Berlin city government had feared that allowing Tempelhof to remain in use as a city airport could have posed a threat to the new international airport's operations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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