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Berlin International Airport in Tegel, Germany

March 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Berlin International Airport in Tegel "Otto Lilienthal" (IATA: TXL, ICAO: EDDT) (often shortened to Tegel) is an airport in Berlin, Germany. It lies in Tegel, a section of the northern borough of Reinickendorf. Tegel is referred to as the "Frequent Flyer Airport". Tegel has the most scheduled flights of the three airports serving Berlin. In 2006, it served 11.8 million passengers.

During the Berlin Airlift in 1948, the longest runway in Europe (2,400 m) was built at Tegel. Modern facilities were built in the 1970s, and Tegel began to replace Tempelhof International Airport as the main airport of West Berlin. Tempelhof, surrounded by urban development, was too noisy and its runways were too short for modern jumbo jets. During the Cold War, because of the special status of West Berlin, air traffic was restricted to Allied airlines (particularly Air France, Pan American World Airways and British Airways).

Tegel Airport is notable for its hexagonal terminal building around an open square, which makes for walking distances as short as 100 ft. from any airplane, through luggage and customs, to taxi or bus.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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