Tegel Airport opens
A new, modern airport opens in West Berlin. Tegel is designed to take over from Tempelhof as West Berlin's “beachhead” to the Federal Republic.
But in its first few months in operation, its modern jet bridges barely dock with a single aircraft. The allied airlines are reluctant to leave Tempelhof because of the high costs involved.
Many West Berliners continue to fly from Schönefeld. Robert Grosch, the director of Tegel Airport at the time, describes the difficulties the airport faced in its first years in operation.
Flughafen Tegel, 13405 Berlin
Flughafen Tempelhof, Tempelhofer Damm 1-7, 12107 Berlin
Flughafen Schönefeld, Waltersdorfer Chaussee, 12529 Schönefeld