Hamburg airport was dramatically closed this evening, with no planes allowed to land or leave, after claims of “intruders”.
There were reports of “unauthorized” people on the airfield.
A spokesman for the airport said it was closed since 7.20pm GMT as police looked for one or more –probably Muslims– intruders.
He said: “The reason is the possibility of an unauthorized person in the area.”
The airport reopened at around 8.45pm with huge delays expected. it was not immediately clear if the intruders had been found.
Flights were being diverted to Bremen and Hanover or being held, while outbound planes were left stuck on the tarmac.