Hamburg Airport in Germany temporarily halted all flights on Monday following a security threat of a potential attack. The threat, conveyed via email, specifically mentioned an attack targeting an aircraft originating from the Iranian capital, Tehran, as reported by the German news agency DPA.
In response to the threat, Hamburg Airport took immediate action by suspending all flight operations. The initial information regarding the police’s response to the threat was first reported by DPA.
According to FlightRadar24, Iran Air flight #IR723 safely landed at Hamburg Airport at 12:38 local time. Subsequently, eight flights were redirected to alternate airports as a precautionary measure.
In an official statement posted on X (formerly Twitter), Hamburg Airport announced, “Due to a federal police measure, take-offs and landings are not possible for a short time. Flight delays may occur. Please keep an eye on your flight status.”
This security development coincided with the commencement of a special meeting held in Hamburg between the German and French administrations. Notably, the meeting featured the presence of both German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, underlining the significance of the situation.
German authorities are currently working closely with relevant security agencies to investigate the threat and ensure the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and airport personnel. Passengers are advised to stay informed about their flight status and cooperate with airport staff and security personnel during this temporary disruption.
The incident at Hamburg Airport underscores the importance of vigilance and swift action in response to potential security threats at airports and other critical infrastructure facilities. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.