Latest Tempelhof Stories

2008-10-30 09:00:25

Tempelhof, once Europe's largest airport and a central player in Berlin's history, ushers its final takeoff into the sky Thursday, officials say. Its future is uncertain. Supporters of the airport tried to save it but a public referendum in April that would have called for its preservation failed to attract enough votes, Deutsche Welle said. The city of Berlin and the German government, which own Tempelhof, have wanted to close it for years, citing costs and declining passenger numbers....

2008-10-07 03:00:16

By Cleveland-Peck, Patricia Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Tempelhof which is about to close for ever as an airport. Templehof will reach the end of its life as an airport by November. Its tiny duty free shop has already gone, its main restaurant is closed and few footsteps now echo down its long corridors and across its massive passenger hall. The tranquil atmosphere is nothing like that of any modern airport. Its traffic had been much reduced for several years, because its runways are too...

2006-08-07 07:10:00

By Tom Armitage BERLIN -- A vast open space almost the size of New York's Central Park, complete with one of the world's biggest buildings, might be a sought-after asset in the heart of any other metropolis. But in Berlin, a city where space is plentiful and property cheap by European standards, the huge Tempelhof airport with its imposing terminal threatens to pose a problem for city authorities when it is closed to air traffic next year. No one seems to know what to do with the giant,...

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