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Lufthansa chief urges rethink on closure of Berlin airport

January 16, 2019

BERLIN (AP) — The head of German airline Lufthansa has suggested that plans to close Berlin’s aging Tegel airport should be reconsidered.

German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that Carsten Spohr cited growing passenger numbers in the airport and doubts about whether a long-overdue airport slated to be opened in 2020 has sufficient capacity.

Tegel is meant to close six months after the new Willy Brandt airport south of the capital opens. Willy Brandt was originally due to begin operations in 2012 but that has been delayed by construction problems, forcing the adjacent Schoenefeld airport and Tegel to remain open.

Spohr said his airline would keep pressing for improvements to what he called the “untenable situation” at Tegel airport, which opened in the 1960s.