Discovery of WWII bomb grounds flights at Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport

Flight operations at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport came to a standstill on Friday after a WWII bomb was found.

Discovery of WWII bomb grounds flights at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport
Archive photo shows passengers waiting at Schönefeld Airport. Photo: DPA

Berlin Airport Service announced that flights had been “interrupted” and urged passengers to check the status of their flights. 

The police confirmed to the Berliner Morgenpost that a WWII bomb was found around 12.20pm during construction work on the airport site.

Flight operations were suspended for around an hour. According to Flightradar 24, planes were diverted to Berlin's Tegel Airport during that time.

Airport spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf said the bomb disposal squad got to the airport very quickly and examined the device.

It was then decided that flight operations could resume because the device is not too close to the terminal or runways.

Throughout Germany, World War II bomb finds – resulting in city evacuations during their detonation – are commonplace.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.