Published on : Monday, December 2, 2019
On the busiest travel day of the week , Berlin airport was temporarily closed down by a Second World War bomb leading to long delays and cancellations on the busiest day of travel.
For over an hour all flights were halted at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport on the eastern side of the German capital.
The passengers were informed that flight operations at Schoenefeld airport interrupted due to a World War II bomb finding.
At around 12:20 pm the bomb was found on a building site at the airport and the operations were immediately suspended.
Ryanair had to cancel flights to Manchester and to Palermo in Sicily and by nine hours a Wizz Air flight to Budapest was delayed.
The airport was later opened and the authorities tweeted that the WW2 bomb will be disposed in the night from Friday to Saturday by the specialists of the bomb squad and the flight operations were not expected to be disrupted.
On a typical day more than 35,000 passengers use Berlin Schoenefeld on a typical day which is a hub for the Europe’s biggest budget airline, easyJet and Ryanair and other no-frills operated by Wizz Air and Pegasus of Turkey.
Schoenefeld is getting transformed into Berlin-Brandenburg airport and the work was in connection with that. It was estimated that the new airport would open in October 2020 and become the sole airport for the German capital.
A sex toy was found in a passenger’s luggage in August 2019 and the Berlin Schoenefled airport was temporarily closed.