German flag-carrier, Luftansa, has scheduled an Airbus A350 flight to bid farewell to Berlin Tegel Airport. The flight will depart Berlin Tegel on 7th November.
Why is the Airbus A350 ‘closing’ the airport?
With the closure of Belin Tegel Airport all flights are set to be operated from the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. After years of delays, the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport is finally scheduled to open on 31st October.
The final flight from Berlin Tegel will depart on 8th November. However, Lufthansa will bid farewell to the airport a day earlier on 7th November. Lufthansa will depart Tegel at 21:10 as flight LH1955 and will arrive at Munich at 22:20 on 7th November.
Being the final flight, many passengers are keen to be on board the flight. So the German flag carrier has scheduled an Airbus A350 for the flight. The flight between Berlin and Munich is typically operated by an Airbus A320.
In a statement to the media, a Lufthansa Spokesperson said:
“Many of our customers are interested in this special flight. That’s why we decided to change the aircraft. We want to give as many guests as possible the chance to board this flight and to bid Tegel farewell.”
Why is Tegel closing?
Up until now, travellers eager to visit Berlin have only had the choice to land at Berlin’s Tegel airport – an airport that is not at all designed to harbour the massive influx of people visiting the German capital. With such a struggle growing in pertinence, authorities launched construction of the Berlin-Brandenburg airport in 2006.
During the pandemic, the drop in global airline passengers forced Tegel to shut down for a period of two months in order to limit expenses and to eventually reopen. There were fears that the airport might never reopen, but that has not come to pass, as Tegel is slated to send off its last flight on 8 November before heading off into the sunset for a deserved retirement.
Airport manager Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said
“Tegel has done Berlin a great service. It is therefore important to us – despite the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic – to give everyone who would like the opportunity to say thank you and say goodbye.”
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