Berlin’s Templehof airport is closing today after 85 years of operations. The airport has many claims to fame, including its 3,000,000 square foot (286,000 square meter) terminal building which was the largest building in the world when it was constructed and remains in the top 20 today. It is also the facility that was used in 1948-1949 during the Berlin Airlift.
With a history like that it is hard to believe that it is closing, but it seems that function has finally trumped nostalgia. The airport’s runways are too short to handle most modern jets and so it sees very little service in general, fewer than 1,000 passengers a day.
And so a piece of history becomes a piece of history.
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