Tegel Airport returned to original owners

The site officially ceased operations in November last year and is set to be transformed into an industrial park for urban technologies

Tegel Airport was returned to its owners earlier this week (August 4), with a handover protocol signed between representatives from Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, the Federal Government and the State of Berlin.  

From tomorrow, Tegel Projekt GmbH will be responsible for the 130 buildings and facilities at the site. There are plans to build a research and industrial park for urban technologies, housing around 1,000 companies.  

The initial preparations for the ‘Urban Tech Republic’ have already been arranged. 

Tegel Airport
Photo Berlin Brandenburg Airport

On November 8, 2020, an Air France aircraft was the last to take off from the site. Following this, flights from the hub completely ceased after running for more than 70 years.  

Operations in the capital region have since been concentrated at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER).  

“With the handover of the area to the owners, the federal government and the state of Berlin, the last step towards the closure of Tegel Airport has been taken,” said Engelbert Lutke Daldrup, CEO of FBB. “We have thus fulfilled all of our commitments on time. Our cooperation with the responsible senate offices and the Federal Agency for real estate tasks (BImA) has been very constructive and goal-oriented over many years, for which we would like to extend our thanks.” 

“We are convinced that the former TXL airport can be developed into an attractive research and industrial location with international significance and thus into a beacon for the capital. This means that Tegel will continue to be a gateway to the world and serve all Berliners well in the future. We wholeheartedly wish Tegel Projekt GmbH success with their ambitious development project.” 

The auxiliary terminal C3 and the pedestrian bridge between terminals A, B and C have been demolished over the last few months. Additionally, the German air traffic control, weather service and federal police were all dismantled.  

Berliner Flughafen-Gesellschaft – operators of Tegel Airport until 2020 – are expected to merge with FBB.