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Dublin: 11 °C Monday 22 December, 2014

Update: Scotland police say there was no risk to public at Edinburgh Airport

Passengers were evacuated to runway areas.

Passengers have been evacuated to runway areas.
Passengers have been evacuated to runway areas.
Image: Jamie Wale via Twitter

Update 5.56pm

EDINBURGH AIRPORT WAS  evacuated and closed earlier today following the discovery of a suspicious package.

The facility is still not accepting incoming flights and passengers have been evacuated to runway areas.

Management has asked customers not to travel to the airport and to check with their airlines about flights.

However, police have advised that the situation has been resolved and there was no risk to the public.

“As part of a routine bag search at the airport, suspicions were raised about the contents of one item of hand luggage and the decision was taken to evacuate the airport while the appropriate enquiries could be carried out,” explained Chief Inspector David Campbell.

An EOD was deployed to the airport to examine the suspicious package and inbound flights were diverted to Glasgow Airport.

“We are now satisfied there isn’t, nor was there ever, any risk to the public and the airport will now begin to reopen,” confirmed Campbell.

Edinburgh Airport will now begin to reopen with cordons and road restrictions lifted imminently.

First published 4.26pm

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