Berlin Tegel to receive €20 million makeover

15 Dec 2014 by Alex McWhirter
It should have closed four years ago, but Berlin Tegel airport will now receive €20 million for renovations to keep it operating for at least the next few years. The money will be used to update the capital's leading international gateway until such time as Berlin's Brandenburg airport opens, according to reports in the German media. The news will be welcomed by users of Tegel as the airport was designed and opened in the Cold War era when Berlin was never expected to become a free city so soon. Berlin Tegel Airport The money for renovations is badly needed as many reports confirm that Tegel is drastically overcrowded with some facilities in a run-down state. Beset by construction and safety issues, the opening of Brandenburg airport, which should have taken place in 2010, will not now happen until the second half of 2017 at the earliest. Even this date is not set in stone. At the same time, the CEO of the troubled new airport, Hartmut Mehdorn, has just announced that he is standing down in June. Meanwhile, it is costing a fortune to keep Brandenburg ticking over until such time as it can open — the airport has a brand new railway station standing empty and a 322-room four-star Steigenberger hotel which is without any guests. Alex McWhirter
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