• Germany's news in English
100 flights cancelled due to Frankfurt airport security alert
Travelers being evacuated from Terminal 1 of Frankfurt airport. Photo: DPA.

100 flights cancelled due to Frankfurt airport security alert

DPA/The Local · 31 Aug 2016, 16:35

Published: 31 Aug 2016 10:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Aug 2016 16:35 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Officials had partially evacuated the airport on Wednesday morning before police found and arrested a woman who had somehow evaded proper checks, prompting security concerns.

A spokeswoman from airport operator Fraport said later in the afternoon that around 100 flights were cancelled due to the security concern. Although operations had resumed as normal by around noon, the airport still expected there to be some delays for travellers into the evening.

A spokeswoman for airline Lufthansa said that the company had offered passengers on domestic flights the chance to instead reach their destinations by trains with Deutsche Bahn. Officials though could not say how many travellers had been affected by the cancellations and delays.

Passengers were allowed back into Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport on Wednesday afternoon at around 12.20 pm, after the terminal was partially evacuated earlier in the day, Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) reports.

Police tweeted that the evacuation of the area was over, that there was no danger, and that people could check in again.

A woman was ultimately identified and arrested, after she was suspected of passing through security without going through the proper checks.

Fraport tweeted earlier on Wednesday that Terminal 1 had been partially evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The company explained that passengers would need to be checked again before they departed.

Airport police said on Twitter that there was no bomb threat after some media organisations had reported this detail.

The airport did at one point bring in a special vehicle for bomb disposal to inspect an abandoned piece of luggage, but officials said this was unrelated to the security alert.

The airport said that all travelers should "allow extra time to reach the airport". The company also advised checking flight statuses ahead of time, by clicking this link.

Witnesses at the airport told DPA that passengers had been sent out of the building, and that the atmosphere during the evacuation was calm.

Travellers posted pictures and videos on social media of the airport terminal being evacuated.

German airports including Frankfurt's have been on high alert since terror attacks in Europe, especially after the Brussels airport and metro bombings in March.

Shortly before the Brussels attacks, German police arrested a suspected jihadist at Frankfurt airport over allegations he had joined Isis and appeared in propaganda videos for the group.

Frankfurt airport is of particular security concern because it is a major international transfer hub and Germany's busiest airport for passenger traffic.

It was also the site of an Islamist-motivated shooting in 2011, when an airport post office worker shot and killed two US airmen and wounded two others.

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd