Terminal closed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport after WWII bomb found by workers

Part of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has had to be closed after workers found a suspected World War II bomb near its main terminal building.

Airport staff and passengers have been evacuated from Terminal C after workers discovered the suspected explosive early this morning.

The terminal handles flights to France, Spain, Germany and Italy and Schiphol itself is Europe's fifth busiest airport hub.

The evacuation comes just hours after a WWII bomb was safely detonated in central Munich after being discovered yesterday. The 250kg bomb was located near the city's Schwabing district.

Schiphol Airport

Part-closure: A suspected WWII bomb has been found at Schiphol Airport by construction workers

At Schiphol, the terminal's closure will lead to flight delays and cancellations and passengers heading to the airport are advised to check with their airline before departing.

Schiphol Airport spokeswoman Karin Heldeweg said: 'Terminal C has been evacuated as a precautionary measure,' due to a 'serious suspicion' the airport had found a bomb from the war that ended in 1945.

'This will have a big impact. We can park planes somewhere else to some extent but at some point it will lead to cancellations or delays,' she said.

A bomb disposal team is now at the scene to investigate the find.

Schiphol Airport was used as a military airfield by Nazi Germany during WWII and was often attacked by allied bombers, according to Dutch media. Now it is one of Europe's main hubs, handling around 48million passengers a year.