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Flights grounded: WWII bomb shuts down Berlin-Schoenefeld airport

WWII bomb shuts down Berlin-Schoenefeld airport

The official Twitter account of Berlin’s Airport Service today announced that Schoenefeld’s flight operations had been “interrupted” by the bomb, but did not provide more details.

Apparently, Berlin-Schoenefeld airport has suspended operations and diverted arriving flights after a WWII bomb was discovered during construction work at the air hub.

An airport spokesman said that authorities were on the scene to determine how best to dispose of the decades-old munition. Departures and arrivals from Schoenefeld have reportedly been halted, with flights scheduled to land being diverted to other airports.

Schoenefeld Airport is located 18km (11 miles) southeast of the German capital. Nearly 13 million passengers passed through the air hub in 2017, according to official data.