TXL to close temporarily from 15 June

Old Apr 30, 20, 12:38 am
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TXL to close temporarily from 15 June

Hi folks,

as i read in the newspaper today, the operating company will ask for a temporarily closing of TXL beginning June 1st. Since BER will open late October rumors say it wont even open again at all.

AFAIK BA still operates the LHR-TXL rotation. Pls check your bookings.
source (in German): https://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/art...am-1-Juni.html

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Old Apr 30, 20, 1:09 am
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1st June.

I guess BA hasn't yet had time to react to the decision. I wonder whether it will start flying into Schönefeld, or abandon Berlin completely? If the latter, we're cut off.
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My guess is that BA will continue services to Schönefeld, since this is perhaps the one major Heathrow shorthaul route in Europe that could realistically increase in passenger numbers in the next few weeks.
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Old Apr 30, 20, 1:19 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
1st June.

I guess BA hasn't yet had time to react to the decision. I wonder whether it will start flying into Schönefeld, or abandon Berlin completely? If the latter, we're cut off.
Edited. Thanks for the hint.

it’s way too early.

i dont think they cut us off enirely. LHR-TXL is without competitors...

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From I am reading is that there is still some back-and-forth from all the decision-makers/stakeholders. However, it points to the conclusion that TXL will be closed for pax traffic in early Summer.
It would be quite interested to see BA and LH operating from the old Socialist terminal at Schönefeld. Since it looks like that each passenger will have to wear a mask, I'd assume the number of flights will be increasing by the end of this summer. It may get busy at the very small SXF.
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Old Apr 30, 20, 5:02 am
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My guess is that BA will continue services to Schönefeld, since this is perhaps the one major Heathrow shorthaul route in Europe that could realistically increase in passenger numbers in the next few weeks.
Out of interest, why is that?

Also, if they do move flights from TXL to SXF would that be grounds for a refund (as opposed to just a voucher) if the flights still operated?

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Old Apr 30, 20, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
My guess is that BA will continue services to Schönefeld, since this is perhaps the one major Heathrow shorthaul route in Europe that could realistically increase in passenger numbers in the next few weeks.
I'm interested, what is your reasoning?
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Old Apr 30, 20, 5:06 am
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Out of interest, why is that?

Also, if they do move flights from TXL to SXF would that be grounds for a refund (as opposed to just a voucher) if the flights still operated?

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not really. both Airports are like 15 miles apart.

why is that? its the same reason they closed LCY. you operate 2 airports at plus minus 2% capacity. its a huge money loss.

SXF has a capacity of 12 Million pax p.a. and in October BER will open. i dont see a huge mess there... you wont get 30.000 pax daily till november. thats like 300 flights...
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BER has ‘been opening’ for years.

I’ll believe it when I see it !
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Sorry, I should have been clearer - I wasn't asking the reasoning behind closing TXL, I was asking the reasoning behind why passenger numbers on London-Berlin might increase?
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BER has ‘been opening’ for years.

I’ll believe it when I see it !
That's what I used to say. But then they received their operating certificate on Tuesday and the municipality accepted the handover.
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Also, if they do move flights from TXL to SXF would that be grounds for a refund (as opposed to just a voucher) if the flights still operated?

Thanks
You probably know this, but you are technically flying to BER (the city code for TXL and SXF, all Berlin airports), the same way that you fly to LON (the city code for LHR, LGW, and LCY), so no refund.
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Originally Posted by BertieBadger View Post
Out of interest, why is that?
Simply the lack of competition between two of the largest cities in Europe when one country is moving slowly out of lockdown already and the other may start slowly to do so in June. I guess GVA could be another in due course, though there is more competition on that route.
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
You probably know this, but you are technically flying to BER (the city code for TXL and SXF, all Berlin airports), the same way that you fly to LON (the city code for LHR, LGW, and LCY), so no refund.
Thanks, I didn't actually know that was how the rule applied. I do accept that it's fair enough though in that they deliver you to the specified city (I admit to a personal interest here, I've an EDI-LHR-TXL booking in late June, so expect I will voucher it at the last moment if not cancelled and things are still as grim as currently)

Thanks also to c-w-s for the explanation.
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That's what I used to say. But then they received their operating certificate on Tuesday and the municipality accepted the handover.
Did they put Tuesday's date on it - or was it post-dated to next year?

That airport is jinxed - it gets its certificate 8 years late and then opens when practically no one is flying.
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