Wednesday 01 February 2023

World War II bomb closes part of Schiphol airport, flights delayed (update)

Building work at Schiphol airport led to the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb on Wednesday, causing delays and flight cancellations.

The bomb was uncovered during digging work at Schiphol’s C pier which has been evacuated and closed off. C pier focuses on European flights inside the Schengen open border zone and has 13 gates. Parts of D pier and the Kaagbaan runway were closed later on the advice of explosives experts.
Several flights have been cancelled and others are experiencing delays of up to 90 minutes, a Schiphol spokesman told Nos television.
Schiphol was used a military airfield by Germany during the war and was often attacked by allied bombers, the Telegraaf said. It was totally destroyed in 1945.
A World War II bomb was also found during the construction of the Polderbaan runway in 2008.

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