BC RCMP says there are no public safety concerns after an “unfolding” threat shut down commercial flights at the Victoria International Airport, but travelers are still being asked to steer clear of YYJ.
In an update provided at 4:12 pm, RCMP said there are no safety concerns despite the threat but the public is still being asked to avoid the airport “for the next several hours.”
The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) said at 3:23 pm that it was closing to commercial flights and asked travelers to avoid the airport due to an undisclosed RCMP incident.
YYJ said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that it was asking travelers not to visit the airport as the incident unfolded, saying only that the RCMP was “responding to [a] call for service.”
Travelers should also check their flight status with their carrier or on the YYJ website.
“Victoria Airport Authority cannot comment further at this time. We will endeavor to provide more information as soon as it becomes available,” the airport said.
When contacted by CHEK News, a spokesperson for the airport reiterated that they could not provide further information at this time.
The flight-tracking website Flight Aware showed that at least one flight scheduled to land at Victoria, Air Canada Jazz flight 8489 from Calgary, had been diverted to Vancouver.
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated with the latest information as it is received.
⚠️1/2The RCMP is responding to call for service at YYJ. The airport is closing to commercial flights. We are asking travelers not to come to the airport at this time and to please check your flight status with your carrier or our website. #yyj #yyjops
— Victoria Int Airport (@Fly_YYJ) May 24, 2022
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