Germany: Berlin's Tegel Airport to close for at least 2 months amid passenger number collapse

A German government spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday that Berlin's Tegel airport will temporarily close on June 15 after the airport operator experienced a sharp drop in passenger numbers amid the COVID-19 outbreak. «The airport operating company has applied to the Berlin aviation authority for a temporary cancellation of the operating obligation for two months,» said spokesperson Steffen... Еще Seibert at a press conference in the German capital. «At both international Berlin airports, Tegel like Schoenefeld, air traffic has dropped drastically in the wake of the corona pandemic,» he added. The airport has been expected to permanently close for a number of years, pending the completion of a new airport near the city's Schoenefeld airport located in the southern part of Berlin. The press conference also touched on the recent announcement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to nullify all of Palestine's agreements with the United States and Israel, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Rainer Breul saying they greeted the news «with concern.» «It is clear that unilateral steps, no matter from which side, will bring neither side peace. We continue to advocate that both sides enter again into direct negotiations with each other,» Breul continued.
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