The airport they couldn't shut down: Berlin Tegel

Story highlights

  • Berlin's Cold War-era Tegel Airport handles more than three times the passengers it was designed for
  • Airport granted a stay of execution due to delays to Berlin's new Brandenburg Airport
  • Airport officials no longer willing to put a completion date on new airport to avoid further embarrassment

(CNN)It's Friday afternoon and Berlin Tegel Airport is overwhelmed.

Several flights are delayed and passengers crowd the terminal, scowling at the departure screens and tapping away at their smartphones in frustration.
It's not a typical scene at Tegel but hardly a surprising one.