Construction workers found the munitions doing routine work at the airport, which is described as one of Europe's busiest airports.
According to BBC News
, the bomb was found by construction workers near Pier C, an area that serves the bulk of passengers traveling within Europe's 26-country passport-free Schengen zone. The uncovered bomb had not been detonated.
BBC reported Dutch media said Nazi Germany used Schiphol as a military airfield during WWII, and was frequently a target of allied bombers.
Currently, the terminal has been evacuated as a precaution and a specialized team is examining the bomb. Passengers scheduled to fly are asked to check before traveling.
has a statement on its website noting this discovery may have an impact on flights today. The airport's announcement said:
During construction activities at Pier C this morning, probably a bomb from World War II has been found. As a precaution, the C-pier has been closed. The Bomb Squad is investigating at the moment. This may have implications for air traffic in the form of cancellations and delays. You are advised to consult this page and/or the website of your airline.
This find comes on the heels of another WWII bomb discovery in Munich. Yesterday a 550-pound bomb was detonated. For this detonation, thousands were evacuated and experts are currently examining buildings in the vicinity as there may have been some structural damage, reported The Local
Finds of WWII munitions
are still very frequent in Europe. In Dec. 2011, Digital Journal
reported on a situation where 45,000 people were evacuated
from the German city of Koblenz so experts could diffuse a massive bomb found in the Rhine River.