On November 8, 2020, Tegel (TXL) saw its last flight take off, closing its doors after 47 years in operation to make way for Berlin’s newly opened Brandenburg Airport (BER). I’ve got many fond memories of TXL, watching the flight board tiles switch, heading for business trips and vacations, and grabbing coffee and cake or a meal at the terminal B restaurant. TXL’s crappiness added to its charm. It’s also the only airport I’ve ever been to with a decentralized security check. A security check at each departure gate meant an unbeatable door-to-gate time.
We found flight traffic stats for both TXL and Schönefeld (SXF) from January 2002 through August 2020 with separate drop-downs for month and year. As a farewell to our beloved TXL, let’s scrape the number of commercial arrivals and departures for each month and year, create a dataframe, reshape the dataframe for analysis and plotting, and create visuals using Plotly Express, which offers hover-click-toggle-zoom interactivity and easier, flexible plotting. The purpose of this is to: