Several airports of France are evacuated again after bomb alerts. Already yesterday, 15 provincial airports had been emptied of their users and staff for the same threats.
This Thursday, at midday, the affected airports are Bordeaux-Mérignac, Nantes-Atlantique, Lille-Lesquin and Montpellier-Mediterranean. Flights are being diverted and significant delays are once again expected in French skies. The police and bomb disposal services attended the scene.
“Nantes airport was once again the subject of a bomb threat this Thursday morning, as were other French airports. In agreement with state services, the terminal is evacuated while the necessary checks are carried out.“, indicated the manager of Nantes-Atlantique.
At Montpellier-Mediterranean airport, the police are present in the terminal “to establish a security perimeter” and allow the deminers to trigger “a removal of doubts“, announced the prefect of Hérault on X (ex-Twitter).
In Lille-Lesquin, the evacuation of the terminal began around 10:30 a.m. and affected some 300 passengers. The operation ended shortly before noon and the gradual reopening is underway, according to BFMTV.
Bordeaux airport announced around 11 a.m. that “a new bomb threat forces the evacuation of the airport at the moment. We will keep you informed of the situation quickly“.
Evacuation of Bordeaux Mérignac airport in progress. Suspicious package or bomb threat, we don’t know. pic.twitter.com/Q0MGNnXsF9
— Gary Roustan (@garyroustan) October 19, 2023
Yesterday, the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune indicated in the evening on X: “17 airports threatened. 15 airports evacuated. 130 flights canceled. Many delays“. “These false alerts are not bad jokes. They are crimes. They will be punished“, he added, specifying that a complaint had been filed for each threat. Earlier, the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, warned that “the little puppets“authors of false alerts would be”found” And “punished“.
17 airports threatened.
15 airports evacuated.
130 flights canceled. Lots of delays.
These false alerts are not bad jokes. They are crimes. They will be sanctioned.
A complaint was filed for each threat. With a referral to the prosecutor @DGAC https://t.co/fSlsdhKMrH
— Clement Beaune (@CBaune) October 18, 2023