Germany's Hanover airport reopens after car intruder overpowered

An armed police officer patrols at the airport in Hanover on Dec 29, 2018 after flight operations were suspended.
An armed police officer patrols at the airport in Hanover on Dec 29, 2018 after flight operations were suspended.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany's Hanover airport temporarily suspended flights on Saturday (Dec 29) after a man drove onto the apron area before police stopped his car and overpowered and detained him, they said.

"Police checks of the vehicle have been completed, no dangerous objects were found. Hanover airport resumed operations at about 8.05pm (3.05am on Sunday, Singapore time)," Hanover police tweeted.

They said earlier that the man drove onto the apron area at about 3.40pm (10.40pm Singapore time).

The Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper reported that the man, who was in his mid-20s, was under the influence of drugs and was driving a silver BMW with Polish licence plates.

He drove through the perimeter fence and tried to pursue an Aegean Airlines plane that had just landed from Athens, the paper added.

Police stopped him after several hundred metres, it said.