Berlin’s historic Tempelhof Airport finally lost its long battle against closure on October 30 when all operations at the downtown facility ceased. Quite apart from the nostalgic blow of seeing the venue for the epic Berlin Air Lift of 1948-49 reduced to a commercial property development, the German capital has lost its most convenient gateway for business aircraft.
Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport
ExecuJet Europe last week opened its redesigned and enlarged FBO at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport ,which will serve the influx of business aviation traffic that will flock to Schönefeld following the closure today of the German capital’s downtown Tempelhof Airport.
ExecuJet Europe is expanding its presence at Berlin Schönefeld Airport in Berlin, following an April 27 public referendum that will lead to the closure of the city’s famed Tempelhof Airport in October. ExecuJet launched an upgrade of its Schönefeld FBO in April, building a new passenger lounge, conference room, pilot lounge and briefing and operations room.
Although plans to build Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport have been progressing more slowly than anticipated, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) remains confident that the new facility will eventually be built on the grounds of the current Schönefeld Airport, giving the company a major boost in activities and a solid base for growth.
Defenders of Berlin Tempelhof airport, which is scheduled to close in October, report some progress in their bid to keep it open. As of early last month, more than half of the required votes had been gathered, and two sponsors are facilitating logistics to ensure that there are enough votes to force a public referendum.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) celebrated its 10th birthday in Berlin on Saturday night with news of an expansion plan that will see the joint venture grow its production capacity more than 30 percent over the next five years.
Operators at Berlin Tempelhof airport last month challenged a local court recommendation that offered only to postpone closure of the downtown airport by a year, to October 31 next year. A final court decision is now delayed indefinitely. A decision to keep the airport open–limited to certain types of operational use such as business aviation–is still possible.
Operators at Berlin Tempelhof Airport last month rebuffed a local court recommendation that offered a postponement of closure of the downtown airport. The court on December 21 recommended keeping Tempelhof open until Oct. 31, 2008, one year later than previously planned. But the operators challenging the rejection of their licenses, as they had a right to comment, said they could not accept such a compromise.
A Berlin court on December 21 recommended to keep Tempelhof downtown airport open until Oct. 31, 2008, one year longer than now planned. The final court decision is expected on January 15. A decision to keep the airport open–limited to certain kinds of operations, such as business aviation–is still possible. However, according to German press reports, it is unlikely.
Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn, who until the mid-1990s was a senior executive with Airbus and Deutsche Aerospace, has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.
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