Hanover airport shut after car driven near runway

Hanover airport shut after car driven near runway

Hanover airport shut after car driven near runway

The security incident comes just over a week after German police announced they were tightening airport security over terrorism fears.

Arriving flights are now diverting to nearby airports (such as Hamburg or Bremen), while departures have been suspended until further notice.

Germany's Hanover airport temporarily suspended flights earlier after a man drove onto the apron area before police stopped his auto and overpowered and detained him.

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

The detained suspect's vehicle was registered in Poland, the German NDR broadcaster reported. Flights resumed at about 20:00.

All flights have been suspended after the incident happened at 3.40 local time on Saturday.

Federal police told the German news agency dpa that the driver tested positive for amphetamines and cocaine.

The global airport in Hannover handles 5.87 million passengers previous year, though it isn't one of Germany's top hubs. In 2017, 5.87 million passengers passed through this airport.

Officials have not said whether they're treating the incident as terror related.

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