CONTROLLED explosions have been carried out a Manchester Airport after a suspicious package was found.

Police were called at the airport's T3 at 8.50am to reports of the package at Manchester Airport.

Holidaymakers were forced to wait outside the airport and on the airport apron as a precaution as searches were carried out by staff

A GMP police spokesman said: "Officers responded and a precautionary evacuation of T3 has taken place.

"Bomb disposal officers attended and a series of controlled explosions were carried out of the package.

"Following further inspections, the package is not believed to be a viable device and there is not believed to be any threat at this time.

"This is not believed to be terror related and cordons will be lifted in due course."

A statement by a Manchester Airport spokesman at 1pm said: "Following the incident this morning only T3 is affected. Passengers using T1 and T2 should travel as normal.

"Passengers who are on their way to the airport, who are departing from T3, should go to T1 for more information.

"Passengers arriving into T3 will be brought through T1, apart from the following flights: 1144, Berlin; 3203, Rzeszow; 3504, Nuremberg; 3442 Palma; 3186, Madrid and 7543 Barcelona.