AN emotional farewell was paid to the Cold War airport, Tegel, in Berlin as a Paris-bound Air France plane spelled the end of the 60-year-old airport.
The emotional scene saw hundreds of airport workers and a fountain salute from the terminal’s fire engines as the Air France plane completed a “round trip” after it was 60-years-ago that an Air France flight became the first commercial flight to touch down on it.
Tegel, which first opened to commercial aviation in 1960, was one of the main gateways linking West Berlin, an exclave of democratic West Germany deep inside Communist East Germany, with the rest of the world.
The emotional farewell to Cold War airport in Berlin was captured on film by the @berlinairport.
— BER – Berlin Brandenburg Airport (@berlinairport) November 8, 2020
“It’s very emotional,” said Sabine Stuerz, there to watch the airport’s closing. “Nobody understands why a city airport is being closed. But that’s just the way it is.”
Many wrote “Thank you TXL” on social media, referring to the airport by the abbreviation familiar from decades of air tickets.
The closure comes days after the opening, nine years BEHIND schedule, of Berlin’s new international airport on the opposite side of town.
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