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BERLIN (Reuters)

Berlin’s Tegel airport has warned passengers to expect disruption on Friday morning when a World War Two bomb discovered near the capital’s central train station is defused

The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) British bomb was found during construction work and all buildings within an 800-metre (2,625 ft) radius will be evacuated from 9 a.m. local time (0700 GMT).

 

The Hauptbahnhof, Berlin's main train station is pictured in Berlin
The Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s main train station is pictured in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

 

Planes coming in to land at Tegel, which is about seven kilometres (4.4 miles) away from the central station, may therefore need to be re-routed to avoid flying above the defusing site.

Air traffic will be significantly limited tomorrow morning before and during the defusal,” the airport operator told passengers via Twitter. Bus travel to and from the airport is also set to be disrupted.

 

Picture of a construction site near Berlin's central train station after a World War Two bomb was discovered
Warning tape is pictured at a construction site at Heidestrasse street near the capital’s central train station, after a World War Two bomb was discovered at the site in Berlin, Germany, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

 

A spokeswoman for Berlin Airports said more details would be made available during the day. Berlin police said a decision on whether to close the air space will be done by the bomb deactivation team.

More than seven decades after the end of World War Two, Germany still discovers more than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions every year.

 

Aerial photo shows the main railway station Hauptbahnhof in Berlin
Aerial photo shows the main railway station Hauptbahnhof in Berlin, Germany, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

 

Tegel airport was also briefly closed last August after a Russian-made bomb was discovered, forcing flights that evening to divert to the city’s other airport, Schoenefeld.

Tegel is Berlin’s busiest airport, serving over 21 million passengers a year. Major airlines flying to the airport include easyJet, Lufthansa, Eurowings, British Airways and Air France-KLM.

 

(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 

 

The main building and tower of Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany,
The main building and tower of Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

 

The main building and tower of Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany,
Warning tape is pictured at a construction site at Heidestrasse street near the capital’s central train station, after a World War Two bomb was discovered at the site in Berlin, Germany, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

 

 

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