Bomb squad called to investigate suspicious package at Victoria International Airport – BC News

UPDATE 6 pm

A bag containing what appeared to be an “incendiary device” was responsible for shutting down Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

RCMP Cpl. Andrew Sanchez said specialists from the Lower Mainland have been called to investigate a suspicious package that was brought in by a passenger. During scanning, security officials became concerned.

Airport was full of passengers when alert came in, but the departures area had been blocked off by 4:50 pm

In an update posted at 4:22 pm, the airport said airlines are working with their operations teams to determine the status of flights. “Scheduled flights over the next 2 hours can be confirmed as canceled. Please continue to check with your airline, or our website arrivals and departures.”

As of 5 pm, all remaining flights for the day appeared to be canceled, but police said there’s hope airport can resume operations tonight.

Megan Batchelor, spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “At YVR we are currently monitoring the situation at YYJ and working with our partners to accommodate any diverted aircraft.

“We encourage passengers to contact their airlines for the latest flight information and assistance. We don’t have any other details to provide at this time.”


UPDATE 5 pm

The Victoria International Airport is closed to commercial flights due to a police incident.

In a tweet, the airport asked travelers not to go to the airport as RCMP respond to a “call for service.”

No details on the nature of the police call have been released.

Rod Hunchak, airport director of business development and community relations, said he could not comment, referring questions to the airport’s website, its social media, and the RCMP.

An update from RCMP is expected around 5:15 pm

Travelers are being advised to check with their airline or go to the airport’s website for updates on flights.

The terminal remained full of passengers at 4:30 pm, but the departures area had been blocked off by 4:50 pm

In an update posted at 4:22 pm, the airport said airlines are working with their operations teams to determine the status of flights. “Scheduled flights over the next 2 hours can be confirmed as canceled. Please continue to check with your airline, or our website arrivals and departures.”


ORIGINAL 4:30 pm

The Victoria International Airport is closed to commercial flights due to a police incident.

In a tweet, the airport asked travelers not to go to the airport as RCMP respond to a “call for service.”

No details on the nature of the police call have been released.

Travelers are being advised to check with their airline or go to the airport’s website for updates on flights.

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