Berlin-Tempelhof station

June 9, 2008 - 7:27am

Berlin Tempelhof airport will almost certainly close on October 31. In a public referendum held on April 27, a majority of voters– some 60 percent–favored keeping the downtown airport open, but they represented only 21.3 percent of the city’s 2.425 million electors. A quorum of 25 percent was required for the vote to qualify as a recommendation to the Berlin Senate, which was to make the final decision.

April 29, 2008 - 10:10am

The citizens of Berlin showed little interest on Sunday in keeping historic Tempelhof Airport open. Supporters of the German downtown airport took advantage of rarely used local legislation to force a public referendum and obtained the organization of a popular vote by city authorities. While the result is valid only as a recommendation, a strong show of support could have influenced authorities to spare the airport.

February 27, 2008 - 5:34am

Defenders of Berlin Tempelhof Airport in downtown Berlin have reported significant progress in their fight to keep the downtown airport open. At least 170,000 favorable votes are required for a full public referendum, and by the middle of last month the vote count had reached 190,000. Bernd Gans, president of the German business aviation association, told AIN he anticipates more than 200,000 in total.

December 27, 2007 - 9:51am

Defenders of Berlin Tempelhof airport, which is scheduled to close in October, report some progress in their bid to keep it open. As of early last month, more than half of the required votes had been gathered, and two sponsors are facilitating logistics to ensure that there are enough votes to force a public referendum.

December 18, 2007 - 6:42am

A German federal court has granted Berlin Tempelhof Airport a reprieve from closure. The historic, downtown facility had been facing closure on October 30, but it will now be allowed to remain open at least until the future of the proposed new Brandenburg International Airport has been settled.

September 26, 2007 - 6:33am

The fate of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport is in the hands of local voters, who on October 17 can cast ballots in favor of keeping the historic downtown gateway open. No fewer than 170,000 pro-Tempelhof votes will be needed to force a full public referendum on the issue next year, with the outcome to be determined by majority (provided at least 25 percent of registered voters cast a ballot).

May 31, 2007 - 10:13am

Berlin Tempelhof airport operators are challenging recent decisions by both a Berlin lower court and the city authorities to close the downtown airport on October 31 next year. Windrose Air and six other executive air charter operators–AFI, AAF, AeroKing, Heli Union, Rotorflug and TAG–have filed a complaint against the latest judgment with the objective of bringing the dispute to a federal court.

May 8, 2007 - 11:50am

Berlin Tempelhof airport operators are challenging recent decisions by both a Berlin lower court and the city authorities to close the downtown airport on October 31 next year. Windrose Air and six other executive air charter operators–AFI, AAF, AeroKing, Heli Union, Rotorflug and TAG–have filed a complaint against the latest judgment. A Windrose spokesperson told AIN that closing the airport will be expensive.

November 15, 2006 - 6:39am

Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn, who until the mid-1990s was a senior executive with Airbus and Deutsche Aerospace, has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.

October 9, 2006 - 7:11am

Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of German railway group Deutsche Bahn, has proposed that Berlin’s downtown Tempelhof Airport be redeveloped as a dedicated business aviation facility. Mehdorn has offered to lead a private-sector consortium to implement the project.

 
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