St. John’s airport reopens as bomb threat deemed non-credible

Avatar for Skies MagazineBy Skies Magazine | January 12, 2024

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An aerial view of St. John’s International Airport. Colliers Project Leaders Photo

St. John’s International Airport is returning to normal after an investigation determined an early-morning bomb threat that paused commercial flight operations was non-credible.

The airport said it would reopen its terminal to the public at 11:30 a.m. local time, after pausing commercial flights and evacuating the terminal. Police, Transport Canada and airport security all participated in an investigation that ultimately ruled out the threat.

“The RNC [Royal Newfoundland Constabulary] canine team have conducted appropriate searches, and all security checks and video surveillance have confirmed that the threat was non-credible,” said the airport in a social media post.

“We thank all parties involved for their speedy and attentive work.”

The airport announced on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that it had received a bomb threat at around 7:30 a.m. local time.

Only one commercial flight appeared to be affected by the incident, a short leg from St. John’s to Deer Lake operated by PAL Airlines. It was reportedly delayed several hours.

An airport spokesperson told the Canadian Press non-commercial flights, including medical evacuations, were not affected because they operate out of a different part of the airport.

Police continued to investigate the source of the threat but had not released further information as of mid-afternoon on Jan. 12, 2024.

St. John’s airport (CYYT) is a downtown airport, located minutes from the city’s core, and is the second-largest in Atlantic Canada by passenger volume, according to its website.

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