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Heat damage forces German airport to close

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Germany's Hannover airport has reopened after days of extreme heat damaged a runway and forced it closed for repairs.

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News agency DPA reported that airport officials said departures resumed with a flight to Amsterdam just after 6.30am (2.30pm AEST) on Wednesday.

The airport was shut on Tuesday evening because parts of the surface of one of the runways buckled as a result of the heat and the other runway was closed for maintenance work.

The closure hit during the busy summer holiday period and some passengers spent the night at the airport.

Like much of Europe, Germany has been experiencing prolonged high temperatures.

The mercury is expected to keep climbing in the coming days, with top temperatures on Friday reaching 38C.


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