Berlin Tempelhof Airport

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Berlin Tempelhof closed down in 2008. Take a look at Berlin Tegel Airport, which is the current active airport in Berlin.

About Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Berlin Tempelhof Airport outside the front in the dark

Berlin Tempelhof Airport was a major airport in Berlin that closed in 2008. In its last few years of operations, the airport facilitated commuter flights that flew domestically within Germany and to its neighbouring countries. However, the airport also had the capability to handle long-haul flights from airlines using wide body aircraft and historically facilitated transatlantic flights from Germany to the US.

In its time, the airport was a hub for a variety of airlines, many of which no longer fly. These include airlines such as Deutsche Luft Hansa, Tempelhof Airways and Hamburg Airlines. 

For years, Tempelhof was the main airport and gateway into Berlin. However, this changed when Berlin Tegel Airport was built and took on most international traffic into the city.

With its history dating back to the early 1900s, at the time that it closed, Berlin Tempelhof laid a claim to being the oldest commercial airport in the world. However, this was never officially confirmed. 

Although the airport closed, the building was hasn't been demolished and still stands but it's in very poor condition.


What was the airport code for Berlin Tempelhof Airport?

The airport code for Berlin Tempelhof Airport was THF.

Airport Location

Berlin Tempelhof was located in the south-central borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin. It's between a 15–40-minute drive from Berlin city centre to Berlin Tempelhof, depending on the time of day travelling.


Runway with planes lined up

Berlin Tempelhof had two active runways at the time that it closed down — Runway 9L/27R (2,094 m in length) and Runway 9R/27L (6,037 in length). The two runways were both made from asphalt and ran parallel to each other.


There was only ever one terminal at the airport at any given time. However, the terminal was rebuilt/expanded a number of times over the years that the airport existed. 

The terminal was situated at the north side of the airport. At one time, the airport's terminal building was in the top 20 largest buildings in the world.

Airlines that fly to Berlin Tegel Airport

Although not a comprehensive list, these are some of the airlines that flew to/from Berlin Tempelhof over the years.

Air France France
American Overseas Airlines USA
Autair UK
British Airways UK
British European Airways UK
Capitol International Airways USA
Cirrus Airlines Germany
Deutsche Luft Hansa Germany
Eurowings Germany
Hahn Airlines Germany
Hamburg Airlines Germany
InterSky Germany
Lufthansa Germany
Lufthansa CityLine Germany
Luxair Luxembourg
OLT Germany
Pan American World Airwa USA
Riddle Airlines USA
Saturn Airways USA
SkyEurope Slovakia
SN Brussels Airlines Belgium
SWISS Switzerland
Tempelhof Airways Germany