Berlin Tempelhof Airport appears doomed

Business Jet Traveler » June 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 5:00am

A last-ditch referendum effort by Berlin Tempelhof Airport failed and the airport will almost certainly close October 31. Some 60 percent of voters favored keeping the downtown airport open, but they represented only 21 percent of the city's electors, short of the required 25 percent. The German Business Aviation Association is appealing. The future of Tempelhof, barely 10 minutes from the heart of the German capital, has been in doubt since work started in 2006 on Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, about 13 miles southeast of the city.

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