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Ibiza airport closed after bomb threat

Authorities respond to security incident; Flights temporarily diverted


Ibiza Airport was forced to shut down this afternoon following a bomb threat reported on a Ryanair flight destined for Milan-Bergamo. Authorities have not yet confirmed details of the threat, which prompted the suspension of normal operations for nearly an hour.

Flights were temporarily diverted to nearby airports such as Palma Airport in Majorca during the shutdown, which began shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time. Video footage near one of Ibiza Airport's runways showed passengers being evacuated from a Ryanair aircraft.

Police reportedly apprehended a man onboard the Milan-bound flight who claimed to have a bomb, leading to the disruption. No take-offs or landings occurred for nearly an hour after the alarm was raised.

Flight operations resumed around 4:30 p.m., but delays are anticipated throughout the afternoon due to the incident. A spokesman for Spanish airport operator Aena indicated that normal operations were suspended for approximately 45 minutes while the Civil Guard managed the situation.

Details about the number of affected flights and any impact on British holidaymakers remain unclear. This incident follows recent disruptions at Majorca's Palma Airport due to severe weather conditions earlier this month.

[Information from Daily Mail]

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