Flights were severely disrupted at Frankfurt airport — one of Europe’s busiest hubs — because of a drone, police and air traffic controllers said.
Landings and takeoffs were blocked from 12pm CET for more than an hour, causing delays and cancellations, but runways later reopened.
It followed the sighting of a drone, airport police said.
The airport is the main base and connections hub for German flag-carrier, Lufthansa.
Passengers on social media reported that they had been diverted to land at other airports, including Nuremberg.
Frankfurt is the fourth-busiest airport in Europe, after London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Amsterdam, with about 180,000 passengers a day.
All flights in and out of #FRA<
Am #Flughafen #Frankfurt wurde eine #Drohne gesichtet. Die DFS @dfs_de erteilt deshalb zurzeit keine Start- und Landeerlaubnisse. Landes- und #Bundespolizei sind gemeinsam zur Aufklärung und Gefahrenabwehr im Einsatz. Es kann zu Verzögerungen und Flugverspätungen kommen. pic.twitter.com/MHei75oStc
— Bundespolizei Flughafen Frankfurt am Main (@bpol_air_fra) March 2, 2020
/a> Frankfurt grounded due to drone activity. No announcements yet – passengers getting information from media.
— David Hemingway (@HemingwayDM) March 2, 2020