FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Hamburg airport remained closed on Sunday, authorities said, as police dealt with a hostage situation they say likely involves a custody dispute.
The airport closed for all takeoffs and landings on Saturday night after police arrived in large numbers at the scene to deal with a man who crossed a barrier onto the airport grounds with a child.
The car with the 35-year-old man and the 4-year-old girl was parked under a plane, a police spokesman said.
“The operation continues. Our negotiators are in contact with the person who was in the car,” the police posted Sunday on the X social network.
Police communicated through a Turkish translator, a spokesman said.
Police said the girl’s mother had told them that the father had been in contact with her.
Police did not confirm their earlier statements that the man was armed and had fired shots.
Hamburg airport authorities said 286 flights carrying around 34,500 passengers were scheduled for Sunday.
Reporting by Joern Poltz, Tom Sims and Tanya Wood Editing by Daniel Wallis, William Mallard and David Evans
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