Noting for its unusual architectural design, Berlin Tegel Airport was built in the shape of a hexagon surrounding a square.
The architects who designed Berlin Tegel Airport did so with practicality in mind, and despite the fact that it is a huge international airport, you only have to walk 30 meters from the terminal to the plane and back. This is a good thing since around 14.5 million passengers used Berlin International Airport in 2008, making it one of the busiest transport hubs in Germany. This passenger traffic has more than doubled since 1993, when 7 million passengers used Berlin Tegel International Airport.
However, that will not prevent it from being closed in 2012 to make way for the new and improved facilities: the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Currently, TUI fly, Air Berlin and Lufthansa are the three main airlines that use Berlin Tegel International Airport. All of these airlines offer a special early night check-in service that is a huge time saver.
Air Berlin flies to Alicante, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Malaga, Paris Orly, Rhodes and many other national and international destinations.
Some of Lufthansa’s popular routes are to Dusseldorf, Moscow and Munich, while TUI flies regularly to Cairo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, Tel Aviv and Venice Marco Polo, among others.
It was only after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 that Lufthansa resumed flights from Berlin Tegel International Airport, restarting its routes on October 28.
Air France was actually the first airline to have flights from Berlin Tegel International Airport and it still has regular routes to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. This is because France was among the victorious allies who took control of West Germany. The American airline Pan Am was the second airline to start flying from Berlin Tegel International Airport.
During the 1970s and 1980s, there was also a British airline called Dan Air, which actually set up charter flights between Berlin Tegel International Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, as well as London Gatwick Airport in England. Other busy routes include Berlin to Athens Airport with Aegean Airlines, London Heathrow Airport with British Airways and New York John F Kennedy Airport with Delta Air Lines.
Berlin has five main terminals, Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C, Terminal D, and Terminal E. Terminal A has 14 bridges, Terminal B is known as Nebel Hall, and Terminal C was recently opened in May. from 2007. Terminal C is used almost exclusively by the German national airline Air Berlin. Terminal D ceased to be a parking lot in 2001 to make even more space at the airport and there are 22 check-in counters there, while there are only three international check-in counters in Terminal E.