Long delays at Edinburgh Airport after security alert

"Significant delays and cancellations" are expected at Edinburgh Airport after it was evacuated earlier this afternoon following the discovery of a "potentially suspicious bag" in the search area.

No flights to depart Edinburgh Airport until after 8pm

Edinburgh Airport has reopened but passengers have been warned to expect "significant delays and cancellations" with no flights departing until after 8pm.

Edinburgh Airport has has now reopened following an earlier incident.

Passengers should expect significant delays and cancellations to flights and should continue to check with their airlines.

No flights are expected to depart until after 20:00.

– Edinburgh Airport statement

Read: Police: There was no risk to public in airport incident

Police: There was no risk to public in airport incident

Police have confirmed that the incident at Edinburgh Airport has been resolved and that "there isn't, nor was there ever, any risk to the public".

The airport was closed and passengers were evacuated this afternoon following the discovery of a "suspicious bag".

A Police Scotland statement said that bomb disposal technicians were "immediately contacted" and a "thorough examination of the bag was undertaken and the contents were deemed safe."

Read: Delays expected as Edinburgh Airport reopens

We are now satisfied there isn't, nor was there ever, any risk to the public and the airport will now begin to reopen.

We would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation during the emergency service response.

– Chief Inspector David Campbell from Police Scotland's Border Policing Command

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Delays expected as Edinburgh Airport reopens

It is expected to take a number of hours before Edinburgh Airport returns to normal service after its closure this afternoon.

Passengers were evacuated and the airport was closed after police were called to investigate a "potentially suspicious" package at the site.

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The process of reopening Edinburgh Airport will take time and delays to flights can still be expected http://t.co/Jqq0G6rrZy

Read: Edinburgh Airport to reopen

Edinburgh Airport passengers evacuated to hotel

Some Edinburgh Airport passengers have been evacuated to a nearby Hilton Hotel after the airport was closed following the discovery of a "potentially suspicious" package inside a bag that is reported to belong to a passenger.

Phone images from inside the hotel show crowds of travellers stood inside the hotel foyer as they await news on when the airport will re-open.

Passengers evacuated to the Hilton Hotel following the closure of Edinburgh Airport. Credit: Paul Nearn

Read: Blankets given to passengers at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport passengers advised to 'contact airline'

Passengers planning to use Edinburgh Airport today have been advised to contact their airline carrier as the airport remains closed following the discovery of a "potentially suspicious" package in what is believed to be passenger luggage.

Some vehicles appear to have been allowed to leave the airport, according to Twitter user @WaleJamie who said that no cars, buses or taxis were being allowed access into the site.

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Edinburgh Airport is closed & not accepting incoming flights. Passengers should not to travel to the airport. Please contact your airline.

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Edinburgh Airport is currently closed as we continue to investigate an incident. More info: http://t.co/VGiDNySZVB

Pictures: Edinburgh Airport as bomb disposal experts arrive

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Motorists advised to avoid Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Police have tweeted to advise motorists to avoid the city's airport after a "potentially suspicious" package was found inside a bag that reportedly belonged to a passenger.

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With rush hour approaching please do not attempt to drive to Edinburgh airport at this time.Airport is closed and it will cause congestion

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We can not give a timescale at present and would advise that people do not travel to the airport without contacting your airline first.

Read: No more planes to land at Edinburgh Airport

No more planes to land at Edinburgh Airport

No further planes will be landing at Edinburgh Airport as bomb disposal experts investigate a "potentially suspicious" package found in a bag at the airport.

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Edinburgh Airport now closed and no more planes will be landing. Passengers asked not to travel to the airport. http://t.co/Jqq0G6rrZy

Read: 'Suspicious package' at airport 'found in passenger's bag'

Blankets given to passengers at Edinburgh Airport

Passengers at the partially evacuated Edinburgh Airport appear to have been handed blankets by staff, as investigators continue to examine a "potentially suspicious" package found at the airport this afternoon.

'Suspicious package' at airport 'found in passenger's bag'

A "potentially suspicious" package at Edinburgh Airport was found inside a passenger's bag as it went through security, STV reported.

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The suspicious package at Edinburgh Airport was found inside a passenger's bag as it went through security http://t.co/Jqq0G6rrZy

Read: Edinburgh Airport as bomb disposal experts arrive

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