Air Berlin

Air Berlin, which is headquartered in Berlin, is Germany’s second largest airline in terms of passengers. At the time of its founding in 1978, it was headquartered in Miami, Florida, for legal reasons regarding post World War II regulation of air traffic in and out of Berlin.

Air Berlin fleet at Tegel
Air Berlin fleet at Tegel (Photo Christine Hepner / Creative Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

The airline joined the Oneworld alliance in 2012, and I first travelled with them in June 2013, on a Boeing 737-700 out of their home base at Tegel.

Schönefeld (Berlin)

Schönefeld was the first airport I used in Berlin, September 2010 being the first time I visited.

Schönefeld in 2008
Schönefeld in 2008 (Photo Eio / Wikimedia Commons)

SXF used to be East Berlin’s only, and East Germany’s main civil airport. The airport will be closed when the “new” Brandenburg airport opens, and is the smaller of the two Berlin airports operational until then. Schönefeld is situated just inside the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds the city-state of Berlin, and is named for the nearby town. The new Brandenburg airport occupies the same locality as the old Schönefeld airport.

Tegel (Berlin)

Tegel was the second airport I used in Berlin. My first visit was in June 2013, at which time TXL was the busiest airport serving the German capital.

Tegel from the air in 2005
Tegel from the air in 2005. An additional terminal has since been built, top center in this picture.
(Photo Tim Pritlove / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-2.0)

Tegel, named for the locality in the north-west of the city where it is situated, is the main hub of Air Berlin, which I also flew for the first time from here. The airport will have been part of aviation history for more than a hundred years when it closes after Berlin’s “new” Brandenburg airport finally opens.