Berlin has two airports – Tegel and Schönefeld, existence and operation of which is due to division of the city into the East Berlin and the West Berlin by the legendary Berlin Wall. Berlin Tegel Airport "Otto Lilienthal" is the largest airport of Berlin situated in the territory of the West Berlin in Tegel district and for a long time it has been the only passenger airport in this part of the city. Tegel was built on the former missile firing range. The airport consists of two parts: Tegel North and Tegel South, five terminals, control tower and a few runways. The northern part was previously used for scheduled flights by French, British and American air carriers, and the southern part handled civil air traffic. International airport Schönefeld is situated in the eastern part of the city in the territory of the former German Democratic Republic, and hence it was used for scheduled flights by Aeroflot. Upon reunification of Germany and Berlin the airport lost its significance and has been used primarily for servicing chartered flights and low-cost carriers. The new Berlin airport under construction is supposed to replace Tegel and Schönefeld. However at the moment they are still operating and are considered to be the best airports of the country by technical supply and quality of service. You can get from the airports to the city by car, by bus or by railway.
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