Berlin votes to keep Tegel airport open

Coinciding with Germany’s federal elections, a referendum was held in Berlin regarding about the future of Berlin’s Tegel airport. There is currently a legal obligation for Tegel – Berlin’s busiest airport – to close six months after the city’s new airport BER opens. Yesterday, 57% voted in favour of keeping Tegel airport open. While this vote is not legally binding, there are various current legal questions regarding prolonging the operations at Tegel.  This poll will further support the public debate about the future of the inner-city airport.

Frontier Economics had produced a report in the run-up to the referendum in collaboration with the German law firm CMS, which assessed the case for keeping Berlin Tegel airport open. The report, commissioned by Ryanair, found a strong economic case for keeping Tegel open due to insufficient capacity at BER,  and that there are legal channels through which Tegel could be kept open.

Frontier Economics regularly advises major airports and airlines on issues related to airport expansion. For more information, please contact Saskia Nett on, or call +44 (0)20 7031 7000.

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