Manchester Airport evacuation over ‘suspicious package’

One of the terminals had to be cleared of people for a few hours - here’s what we know.

Manchester Airport had to be partly-evacuated for a few hours yesterday (Tuesday 19 October) following the discovery of a suspicious package.

Passengers were asked to leave Terminal Two at around 3.20pm.

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The authorities said “standard procedure” was followed as Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to the airport.

That meant a large police cordon was put in place while the package was checked out by a bomb disposal team and people in the vicinity were moved to a safe distance.

Flights were moved and instead departed from Terminal One on Tuesday afternoon.

Aircraft operated by TUI (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)

GMP concluded from its investigations at the scene that it was satisfied there was no security threat.

Terminal Two then reopened later on Tuesday evening.

A Manchester Airport spokesperson thanked passengers for their patience while the incident was sorted out.