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Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Airport information
IATATHF
ICAOEDDI
 Location of airport in Berlin
Airport typedefunct
OwnerInstitute for Federal Real Estate and the Federal State of Berlin
OperatorBerlin Airports
ServesBerlin
LocationBerlin, Germany
Hub
Deutsche Luft Hansa
(1926-1945)
American Overseas Airlines
(1948-1950)
Pan American World Airways
(1950-1975)

Air France
(1950-1959)
British European Airways
(1951-1974)
Saturn Airways
(early 1960s - late 1960s)
Capitol International Airways
(early 1960s - late 1960s)
Autair
(early 1960s - late 1960s)
Overseas Aviation
(early 1960s)
British Airways
(1974-1975)
Tempelhof Airways
(1981-1990)
Hamburg Airlines
(1990-1997)
Conti-Flug
(1990-1994)
Lufthansa CityLine
(1990-1992)
Cirrus Airlines
(2001-2008)
Elevation50 m (164 ft)

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:For the United States Air Force military use of this facility, see Tempelhof Central Airport

Berlin Tempelhof Airport ( ) was an airport in Berlin, Germany, situated in the south-central borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. The airport ceased operating in 2008 in the process of establishing Schönefeld as the sole commercial airport for Berlin.

Tempelhof was designated as an airport by the Ministry of Transport on 8 October 1923. The old terminal was originally constructed in 1927. In anticipation of increasing air traffic, the Nazi government began a massive reconstruction in the mid-1930s. While it was occasionally cited as the world's oldest still operating commercial airport, the title was disputed by several other airports, and has in any case been moot since its closure.

Tempelhof was one of Europe's three iconic pre-World War II airports, the others being London's now defunct Croydon Airport and the old Paris - Le Bourget Airport. One of the airport's most distinctive features is its large, canopy-style roof, which was able to accommodate most contemporary airliners during its heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, thereby protecting passengers from the elements. Tempelhof Airport's main building was once among the top 20 largest buildings on earth; in contrast, it formerly had the world's smallest duty-free shop.

Tempelhof Airport closed all operations on 30 October 2008, despite the efforts of some protesters to prevent the closure. A non-binding referendum was held on 27 April 2008 against the impending closure but failed due to low voter turnout.


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