Berlin, Germany- File Photo -
Outside view of the
Tempelhof Airport (THF) is due to close on October 31, 2008.
Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (IATA: THF, ICAO: EDDI) also known as Tempelhof Airport (German: Flughafen Tempelhof) is an airport in Berlin, Germany, situated in the south-central borough of Tempelhof-Sch??neberg. The airport is commonly known as Tempelhof.
Designated by the ministry of transport on October 8, 1923, Tempelhof became the world's first airport with an underground railway station in 1927, now called Platz der Luftbr??cke after the Berlin Airlift. While occasionally cited as the world's oldest still-operating commercial airport, Chicago's Midway Airport is the same age, and Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, predates it by three years.
Tempelhof was one of Europe's three iconic pre-war airports — the others being London's old Croydon Airport and Paris Le Bourget. One of the airport's most distinguishing features is its large, canopy-style roof that was able to accommodate most contemporary airliners during its heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, thereby saving passengers from the elements. Tempelhof Airport's main building is the 20th largest building on earth. Tempelhof used to have the world's smallest duty-free shop.
Tempelhof Airport is due to close on October 31, 2008.