German Federal police evacuate part of Frankfurt Airport following security alert

Lester Mason
Августа 7, 2018

Parts of Frankfurt Airport have been evacuated and boarding has been halted in some areas after someone got past security into the boarding areas, federal police said on Tuesday.

Staff uses a megaphone as people wait due to the evacuation of Frankfurt airport, Germany August 7, 2018.

Up to 13,000 passengers were affected and 50 flights were cancelled.

The alert was resolved shortly after 2.30pm local time and the airport resumed operating as normal.

"The cause of the evacuation of the terminal was an error by a security officer".

At 1230 GMT, the police said on Twitter that affected areas had been re-opened, allowing passengers as well as airport and airline employees to return.

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Images on social media have shown dozen of passengers packed into the airport buildings.

Frankfurt Airport is the Germany's busiest airport and fourth most used in Europe.

A similar incident on 28 July at Munich Airport caused 300 flights to be cancelled, affecting 30,000 people.

Past year more than 64 million passengers travelled through the airport.

Federal police said they stopped boarding in area A of the airport's Terminal 1 and were clearing the security area.

Delays sparked by the evacuation are expected to continue for several hours.

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