An aerial view ahead of the G20 summit shows the Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo Photo: Reuters/FABIAN BIMMER
FRANKFURT–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 evening after police arrived in large numbers on the scene to deal with a man who drove through a barrier onto the grounds of the airport with a child.
The car with the 35-year-old man and 4-year-old child was parked under a plane, a police spokesperson said.
“The operation continues. Our negotiators are in contact with the person in the car,” the police posted on Sunday on the social media platform X.
Police said the child’s mother had told them the father had been in contact with her.
Police would not confirm their earlier statements that the man was armed and had fired shots.