The day finally came. Berlin’s favourite ugly airport — Flughafen Tegel — launched its final flight on Sunday, November 8th 2020. The brutalist airport reliably served the German capital for years longer than planned — and made its way firmly into the hearts of Berliners.
For its last weekend, ground staff, flight crew members and hundreds of locals came out to bid an emotional farewell to an unlikely icon. Here are 12 postcards from Tegel’s emotional final weekend.
No, you’re crying.
Rarely has an unremarkable airport stirred up such sentimental affection among locals. But what’s next for this beloved complex after its decommissioning? Slow Travel Berlin’s Paul Sullivan looked into what the future holds for Tegel.