Activist group petitions to save Tempelhof airport
Berlin residents failed to turn out and vote to save the city’s historic Tempelhof airport this April, but now an activist group has announced they are petitioning for a referendum to ensure that it will be preserved as an architectural monument, Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.
Berlin Mayor, Symbol of Openness, Has National App
If he were not mayor, Mr. Wowereit said, his idea of a perfect Saturday night would be to stay home and read a book or watch television. At most, he might join a small group of friends for dinner.
Berlin votes to keep Tempelhof an architectural mo
Of 90,000 votes, some 60,000 were in favour of preserving the world’s first commercial airport. Just 38,000 were needed for the recommendation to go through at the Berlin district office. Berlin residents failed to turn out and vote to save Tempelhof in April 2008, but activist group be-4-tempelhof.de petitioned for the referendum to ensure that it will be preserved in a manner that could eventually garner UNESCO World Heritage status.
Description of the situation of the Berlin airport
Description of the situation of the Berlin airports and resulting importance of the Tempelhof airport - 1. Location The Tempelhof airport is conveniently placed as regards transportation services. The integration in an efficient road and rail traffic net in the middle of the main growing business center and capital of the Federal Republic of Germany ensures an unsurpassable accessibility...
German airport may face same fate as Meigs
In a situation reminiscent of Mayor Richard Daley’s closure of Chicago’s Meigs Field, the city government of Berlin has moved forward with plans to close Tempelhof, the city’s historic downtown airport. The airport could close as early as Oct. 31, 2008. Tempelhof serves as a major business aviation airport and is minutes from the city center. Brussels Airlines, Cirrus Airlines, Intersky Airlines, and numerous air taxi firms also use Tempelhof. So does Tempelhof Aviators, an FBO specializing in flight training.
Germans grateful for U.S. help
Airlift's good will fades Germans grateful for U.S. help, but want to look ahead BERLIN -- Germans who care about their relations with the United States are in upbeat mood this week, looking both to the past and the future. Today is the 60th anniversary of the start of the Berlin Airlift -- the daring American-led operation to feed some 2 million West Berliners under Soviet blockade...
Invitation to Berlin - Dear Senator Obama
Invitation to Berlin on July, 24th - Dear Senator Obama, With this letter we would like to renew the Invitation from our public letter on Monday. We believe that the far most best location for a speech in Berlin is Tempelhof Airport. This is the unique location where the friendship between Germany and the US was founded with the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49. It is also the Symbol of Freedom of Berlin, Germany and Europe...
Last chance for Tempelhof
AOPA-Germany’s managing director, Michael Erb, wrote me the other day asking for help in saving Berlin, Germany’s Tempelhof Airport. It may be the last chance to keep the historic airport open. A referendum to keep the airport open failed to get enough votes earlier this year. And Klaus Wowereit (pronounced Vo-ver-ite), Berlin’s mayor, who has always wanted to close Tempelhof, now seems to be on track to getting his way. He’s the Richard Daley of Berlin.
No Rescue, Yet, for Airport That Saved Berlin
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic, American-led airlift to supply the besieged capital, the mayor is going ahead with plans to close the airport by year’s end. How sad. A last-minute campaign by his political opponents to save it through a citywide referendum late last month won a majority, but not enough Berliners turned out to make the vote official. Now, talk about twists of fate, a big international air show opening here in a few days will celebrate the airlift’s anniversary — but not at Tempelhof. It will take place at Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport, in the former east Germany, whose pending expansion is the immediate cause of Tempelhof’s demise.
Our city needs your help and solidarity.
To All Friends of the City of Berlin, Aviators and to whom it may concern: Our city needs your help and solidarity. 60 years after the end of the Berlin Airlift, a group of communists and socialists are trying to achieve what they did not accomplish back in 1948-1949: the closure of Berlin’s airport, Tempelhof...
Poor, sexy and incompetent in Berlin
Berlin is facing months of public transport chaos caused by a near-total shutdown of the city’s S-Bahn commuter train network. The latest installment of Portnoy's Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, asks what the mayor is doing to end the mess. Mayor Klaus Wowereit once famously called Berlin “poor but sexy,” yet this latest S-Bahn debacle proves he left out an important adjective: the German capital is poor, sexy and incompetent.
Spectacle in Berlin
Barack Obama is a man in a hurry. He had barely quieted the criticism of his using the presidential seal with his name on it as a prop for his speeches before he suggested that he wanted to follow Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton to Berlin to make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. He got a lot of public reminders that Reagan and Clinton waited until they were sworn in to use the famous gate as backdrop....
Tempelhof Airport (THF) Information
Each year, over 600,000 passengers will fly to and from Berlin Tempelhof Airport (THF), making this a small, but significant local facility. Although the future of Tempelhof Airport is limited, since it is closing in October 2008 due to unprofitability, it continues to serve the city of Berlin with mainly commuter flights.
Tempelhof to shut down
Tempelhof, a city airport much like Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, or Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, is located just minutes from Berlin’s downtown. But since last year its fate has followed a trajectory closer to that of Chicago’s erstwhile downtown airport—Meigs Field. The similarities extend to a unilateral decision by a narrow-minded mayor hell-bent on a shutdown, who ignored organized protests and referenda conducted by local citizens and the general aviation pilot community. And plans to turn Tempelhof into parkland.
Airlift airport closes: So long, Tempelhof
Friday’s the last day for Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. Sad thing, really. Regional airliners and general aviation flights will now have to go to far away Schoenefeld Airport–about an hour’s drive, or subway ride, from Berlin’s city center. True, traffic at Tempelhof had slowed since the mid-1970s, when the major airlines left to go to Tegel, another Berlin airport. By the way, Tegel itself is scheduled to close in 2012 or 2013. Meanwhile, Schoenefeld (to be renamed Berlin-Brandenburg International, or BBI) is designated as Berlin’s sole airport. But it’s in no way prepared to handle the influx of new flights that would have used Tegel or Tempelhof.
World heritage Tempelhof
In the current discussion around the Tempelhof airport proponents and opponents apart from the jurisdictional arguments talk about questions such as economy, security or the actual need. Apart from these arguments however there is one that is at least just as important, and to many citizens of Berlin it is obviously more meaningful, than to politians: This argument is called "history" or "historical monument", critics call it "backwardedness" or "nostalgia". The cultural achievement - First airport of the world..
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