Hub Information Berlin-Tegel International Airport (EDDT)

Berlin Tegel IATA: TXL, ICAO: EDDT was the main Airport of West Berlin. After closure of Berlin Tempelhof for civil aircrafts, PAA moved their operations to Tegel. Berlin Tempelhof served as US Air Force Base until unification of Germany.

Due to the status of West-Berlin, only airlines from the USA, Great Britain, France (and Russia - although never served by Aeroflot) were allowed to fly into TXL. Pan Am, BEA later British Airways and Air France were the main carriers. A few charter airlines also served TXL. Air Berlin USA was established by a former Pan Am pilot in the early 80s. Also Dan Air and in the end of the 80s Euroberlin France (51% AF and 49% LH) served TXL with a fleet of B737s.

In 1988 a tender was published for a second US carrier to serve IGS routes. AA, NW, UA, DL and TW. TWA was awarded for the second IGS license, as they already had a twice daily service to Brussels with a B727-31. 

During the weekend, PAA used their A310s for charter flights to destinations in Spain, Greece and Turkey as the demand on IGS routes was not that high like during week-days.

All PAA aircrafts stationed in Berlin wearing names from districts of Berlin or typicl Berlin Nicknames like Spreeathen or Flotte Biene (busy bee)

Every night 3 B727s  were used for postal service to FRA,  HAM and MUC. Flights departed around 01:00am and returned around 05:00am. The seats were covered and the letter bags were stored in the main cabin as well as in the cargo hold.

PAA occupied gates 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. PAN AM Express used Gate 20 where passengers bussed to the ATR42. Departure and approach procedures were different from todays SIDs and STARs. As the Airport was located in the former French sector of Berlin, the control was under France. However Berlin airspace was controlled by all 4 allied states.

For IGS flights, 3 corridors were used from Berlin to West-Germany. Those 3 corridors were controlled by Russia with strict procedures of altitude. Check the IGS page on our site.

In 1990 PAN AM sold the IGS rights to Lufthansa. Only the service to JFK remained until PAA closed down. The A310 used on the route was used by Delta for the next few years for a JFK-TXL-WAW service.

LH took all PAA staff from Berlin.

Tegel is still the largest airport in Berlin serving 2/3 of the passengers in and out of Berlin, as the opening of new Berlin Brandenburg Airport was postponed several times and is due in 2018.

Top Aircraft Types

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1 2 BAC 1-11

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1 2 Brian McLeoad

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1 02:28 Brian McLeoad

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Top Landings

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -258 ft/min BA11 KSYR Brian McLeoad

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Pilots based in EDDT

Pilot ID Name Rank Flights Hours Status Location
PAA1028 Canada Pete Desjardins Senior First Officer 0 158.00 warning
PAG1035 United Kingdom Brian McLeoad Cadet 2 2.28 warning KDCA