Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany, to suspend operations from June 1. Congestion remains possible on alternative routes.

This alert affects Berlin

This alert began 15 May 2020 12:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Jul 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Airport closure
  • Location(s): Berlin (map)
  • Date: June 1
  • Impact: Flight suspensions; possible increased congestion on alternative services

Summary
Authorities plan to suspend operations at Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL) for two months from June 1, due to decreased passenger demand during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Flights currently operating from TXL will relocate to Berlin Schonefeld Airport (SXF), which will remain open.

TXL is usually Berlin's busiest airport, though it has seen a considerable drop in passenger numbers as a result of COVID-19. Many regional governments and airlines have also suspended or curtailed flight operations. Further service reductions, as well as airport closures, are possible at short notice. Despite the low numbers of air passengers, increased demand for seats is possible on those flights that remain in operation.

Background and Analysis
TXL is currently scheduled to close permanently Nov. 8, after the planned opening of a new facility at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER). It is possible that operations at TXL will remain suspended until the full closure.

Advice
Confirm flights. Do not check out of accommodation before confirming onward travel. Arrive at the airport early to prevent your seat being allocated to a standby passenger. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.


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