Manchester Airport's Terminal Two had to be closed off for several hours tonight after police were called in to assess a 'suspicious package' found by security.

Passengers and staff had to be escorted from the brand new terminal, which opened in July, shortly after 3.20pm this afternoon (19 October).

The terminal was evacuated "as per standard procedure" after the package was identified by security staff.

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Greater Manchester Police have since confirmed they are satisfied that there is "no security threat."

It is understood the evacuation was prompted by a 'trigger' as a passenger went through the security scanners, which in turn picked up a package deemed to be 'suspicious.'

A large police cordon was put in place around the terminal, with several police vehicles, ambulances, and fire crews spotted parked near to the airport.

Police blocked the approaches to Terminal Two

All flights due to depart and arrive at Terminal Two were moved to Terminal One until further notice, as police continued their assessment of the package.

Terminal Two is expected to reopen later this evening, and the police cordon has since been removed.

One man told the Manchester Evening News that his sister and her family had been caught up in the evacuation.

He said they had been moved from one end of Terminal Two to the other.

He described the atmosphere among staff as 'calm' and said his family had been moved to the gate area, away from the shops and duty free.

Another passenger said they had not been allowed to board their flight, despite the departure time having passed.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called with a report of a suspicious package in Terminal 2 of Manchester Airport at around 3.20pm today (19 October 2021).

"The terminal has been evacuated as per standard procedure and a cordon has been put in place as a safety precaution while an assessment is carried out."

Terminal Two was evacuated

A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: "Following a report of a suspicious package in Terminal Two, a controlled evacuation is taking place as per standard procedure.

We are in close contact with Greater Manchester Police, who are managing the response, and will provide an update on the situation as soon as possible."

They later added: "Following its investigation into a suspicious package reported in Terminal Two, Greater Manchester Police is satisfied that there is no security threat and has lifted the cordon that was in place.

"We thank passengers for their patience and will reopen Terminal Two later this evening."

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The airport's new Terminal Two dubbed the 'super terminal' opened to passengers this summer.

Part of a £1bn transformation programme, the Terminal Two upgrade was first announced in 2015 and finished in 2015.

The original date for its opening, scheduled for the summer of 2020, was put on hold after the coronavirus pandemic ground international flights to a halt.