Court rejects effort to prevent closure of Berlin’s Tegel airport |

Court rejects effort to prevent closure of Berlin’s Tegel airport

BERLIN – A court on Thursday rejected a bid by a group of airlines to prevent city authorities from shutting down Berlin’s main airport, Tegel, once a new international airport is built outside the capital.Berlin officials want to close Tegel, situated within the city limits and only a short cab ride from the center, after Schoenefeld airport that used to serve East Berlin has been expanded into the new Berlin-Brandenburg International. It is expected to open in 2011.The Berlin administrative court said it had rejected complaints from five airlines against a decision to revoke Tegel’s operating license when the new airport opens.It did not identify the airlines, and officials could not be reached for elaboration. The court ruled that they would not be put at a disadvantage by moving and dismissed fears that they would have to move to a “building site.”Plans for the new airport won approval from local authorities last year, more than a decade after the project was launched to establish the once-divided German capital as a major air transport hub.Tegel is situated in the former West Berlin, as is the third and smallest airport, Tempelhof, which also is slated to close.Both are more central than Schoenefeld, which is about 12 miles from downtown Berlin in Brandenburg state and has become a favored destination for budget airlines.

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