An army mine clearing unit will search for unexploded ordnance at the site of a new runway being built at Makedonia Airport in Thessaloniki, where two Second World War bombs were discovered earlier this year, causing work to be halted.

The two Luftwaffe bombs found in March weigh 50 kilos each. They were probably dropped during a German raid on the area. Their discovery led to an army bomb disposal unit being called in to defuse the devices.

Work on a new runway at the airport has stopped since then. The new runway would stretch 2.5 kilometers over land and 1 kilometer over sea, a substantial improvement on Makedonia’s current capabilities. The project is being partly financed by European Union structural funds but Greece will not be eligible for this money if the work is not completed by 2015, which is why authorities are desperate for the army experts to begin searching the site.