According to sources, at around 12h30 passengers standing at the arrivals section of the airport were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Sources said the Port Elizabeth bomb squad were called in to investigate an uncollected bag that remained in the luggage section.
Airport officials said that this was the usual protocol whenever luggage was left unattended to.
The official said it was a common occurrence for passengers to forget their luggage at the airport, however in such instances protocol still had to be followed.
After the bomb squad cleared the package, passengers were allowed back into the arrivals section and the situation again normalised.
Port Elizabeth police were not immediately available for comment.