Taxiing for takeoff at Berlin's Tempelhof
Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport might be closed to air traffic, but Roger Boyes, correspondent for British daily The Times, believes it could still help the German capital soar. Modern romance began with the film Casablanca. The smouldering saga of Bogart and Bergman had everything one needed to structure a 20th century emotional narrative: adultery, betrayal, forgiveness, jealousy, bribery and a spectacular parting.
Berlin votes to keep Tempelhof Airport
Of 90,000 votes, some 60,000 were in favour of preserving the world’s first commercial airport. Just 38,000 were needed for the recommendation to go through at the Berlin district office. Berlin residents failed to turn out and vote to save Tempelhof in April 2008, but activist group be-4-tempelhof.de petitioned for the referendum to ensure that it will be preserved in a manner that could eventually garner UNESCO World Heritage status.
Activist group petitions to save Tempelhof airport
Berlin residents failed to turn out and vote to save the city’s historic Tempelhof airport this April, but now an activist group has announced they are petitioning for a referendum to ensure that it will be preserved as an architectural monument, Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.
Last chance for Tempelhof
AOPA-Germany’s managing director, Michael Erb, wrote me the other day asking for help in saving Berlin, Germany’s Tempelhof Airport. It may be the last chance to keep the historic airport open. A referendum to keep the airport open failed to get enough votes earlier this year. And Klaus Wowereit (pronounced Vo-ver-ite), Berlin’s mayor, who has always wanted to close Tempelhof, now seems to be on track to getting his way. He’s the Richard Daley of Berlin.
Poor, sexy and incompetent in Berlin
Berlin is facing months of public transport chaos caused by a near-total shutdown of the city’s S-Bahn commuter train network. The latest installment of Portnoy's Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, asks what the mayor is doing to end the mess. Mayor Klaus Wowereit once famously called Berlin “poor but sexy,” yet this latest S-Bahn debacle proves he left out an important adjective: the German capital is poor, sexy and incompetent.
Airlift airport closes: So long, Tempelhof
Friday’s the last day for Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. Sad thing, really. Regional airliners and general aviation flights will now have to go to far away Schoenefeld Airport–about an hour’s drive, or subway ride, from Berlin’s city center. True, traffic at Tempelhof had slowed since the mid-1970s, when the major airlines left to go to Tegel, another Berlin airport. By the way, Tegel itself is scheduled to close in 2012 or 2013. Meanwhile, Schoenefeld (to be renamed Berlin-Brandenburg International, or BBI) is designated as Berlin’s sole airport. But it’s in no way prepared to handle the influx of new flights that would have used Tegel or Tempelhof.
Tempelhof to shut down
Tempelhof, a city airport much like Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, or Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, is located just minutes from Berlin’s downtown. But since last year its fate has followed a trajectory closer to that of Chicago’s erstwhile downtown airport—Meigs Field. The similarities extend to a unilateral decision by a narrow-minded mayor hell-bent on a shutdown, who ignored organized protests and referenda conducted by local citizens and the general aviation pilot community. And plans to turn Tempelhof into parkland.
Tempelhof Airport (THF) Information
Each year, over 600,000 passengers will fly to and from Berlin Tempelhof Airport (THF), making this a small, but significant local facility. Although the future of Tempelhof Airport is limited, since it is closing in October 2008 due to unprofitability, it continues to serve the city of Berlin with mainly commuter flights.
No Rescue, Yet, for Airport That Saved Berlin
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic, American-led airlift to supply the besieged capital, the mayor is going ahead with plans to close the airport by year’s end. How sad. A last-minute campaign by his political opponents to save it through a citywide referendum late last month won a majority, but not enough Berliners turned out to make the vote official. Now, talk about twists of fate, a big international air show opening here in a few days will celebrate the airlift’s anniversary — but not at Tempelhof. It will take place at Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport, in the former east Germany, whose pending expansion is the immediate cause of Tempelhof’s demise.
German airport may face same fate as Meigs
In a situation reminiscent of Mayor Richard Daley’s closure of Chicago’s Meigs Field, the city government of Berlin has moved forward with plans to close Tempelhof, the city’s historic downtown airport. The airport could close as early as Oct. 31, 2008. Tempelhof serves as a major business aviation airport and is minutes from the city center. Brussels Airlines, Cirrus Airlines, Intersky Airlines, and numerous air taxi firms also use Tempelhof. So does Tempelhof Aviators, an FBO specializing in flight training.
Description of the situation of the Berlin airport
Description of the situation of the Berlin airports and resulting importance of the Tempelhof airport - 1. Location The Tempelhof airport is conveniently placed as regards transportation services. The integration in an efficient road and rail traffic net in the middle of the main growing business center and capital of the Federal Republic of Germany ensures an unsurpassable accessibility...
Spectacle in Berlin
Barack Obama is a man in a hurry. He had barely quieted the criticism of his using the presidential seal with his name on it as a prop for his speeches before he suggested that he wanted to follow Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton to Berlin to make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. He got a lot of public reminders that Reagan and Clinton waited until they were sworn in to use the famous gate as backdrop.
Presidential Candidate Barack Obama to visit Tempe
Probably influenced by pressure from the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit prevented Barack Obama´s speech in Tempelhof, a visit by the United States Presidential Candidate to the historic site is still on the agenda. The extensive discussions in preparation for his visit have served to demonstrate that the future of Tempelhof is still an internationally controversial subject and that the Airport is a monument of historic importance...
Obama sets Senate wishlist Berlin visit
Die Befürworter einer Offenhaltung des Flughafens Tempelhof versuchen, den Besuch des US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Barack Obama in Berlin für sich zu nutzen: Sie haben Obama eingeladen, seine Rede auf dem Flughafen zu halten. Doch daraus wird wohl nichts werden. Das Obama-Team inspiziert die Stadt und sucht nach einem geeigneten Ort.
Invitation to Berlin - Dear Senator Obama
With this letter we would like to renew the Invitation from our public letter on Monday. We believe that the far most best location for a speech in Berlin is Tempelhof Airport. This is the unique location where the friendship between Germany and the US was founded with the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49. It is also the Symbol of Freedom of Berlin, Germany and Europe. We know that the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, has no interest that Tempelhof appears in public and tries to avoid any trouble around it. We suspect that this is due to his coalition partner, the former East German communist party.
Berlin Mayor, Symbol of Openness, Has National App
If he were not mayor, Mr. Wowereit said, his idea of a perfect Saturday night would be to stay home and read a book or watch television. At most, he might join a small group of friends for dinner.
Future of Historic Airport Has Berlin Divided Agai
Future of Historic Airport Has Berlin Divided Again Tempelhof Won Fame as Nerve Center of Postwar...
Berlin votes to keep Tempelhof Airport
Of 90,000 votes, some 60,000 were in favour of preserving the world’s first commercial airport. Berlin residents failed to turn out and vote to save Tempelhof in April 2008, but activist group be-4-tempelhof.de petitioned for the referendum to ensure that it will be preserved in a manner that could eventually garner UNESCO World Heritage status.
Campaign to Keep Berlin's Tempelhof Airport Open
As reported in December by Airport International, authorities in Germany decided to close Tempelhof in October 2008 as part of the preparations to centralise air services to and from the city on the forthcoming Berlin-Brandenburg International (BBI), which is located at the existing Berlin-Schonefeld Airport. But supporters of the grand old airport - which gained fame for its part in the Berlin Airlift during 1948-49 - have rallied in the months since then, and have persauded authorities to hold a referendum on Sunday 27th April at which Berliners will be able to vote whether they want Tempelhof to remain open.
Berlin's historical Tempelhof Airport closes
The sky above the capital has been resounding to the drone of planes as people take advantage of "Goodbye Tempelhof" -- sightseeing flights in original Douglas DC3 planes used in the 1948-49 Airlift. Dozens of recreational pilots from around Germany have been flying to Tempelhof to experience it "just one more time."
Tempelhof International Airport - History
Tempelhof International Airport (IATA: THF, ICAO: EDDI) a.k.a. Berlin Tempelhof (German: Flughafen Tempelhof) is an airport in Berlin, Germany, situated in the south-central borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. This airport is commonly known as Tempelhof as well. Designated by the ministry of transport on October 8, 1923, Tempelhof became the world's first airport with an underground railway station in 1927, now called 'Platz der Luftbrücke' after the Berlin Airlift. While occasionally cited as the world's oldest still-operating commercial airport, Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia predates it by three years.
Tempelhof Airport is Berlin’s open book
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic, American-led airlift to supply the besieged capital, the mayor is going ahead with plans to close the airport by year’s end. How sad. A last-minute campaign by his political opponents to save it through a citywide referendum late last month won a majority, but not enough Berliners turned out to make the vote official.
CLOSE UP Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin.
Wowereit shrugs off suggestions that he should spend less time in front of TV cameras and more time in corporate boardrooms. "This kind of promotion is part of my personality, but it's also important to show the savoir vivre you can feel that makes the city so attractive internationally," Wowereit says.