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Victoria, B.C. airport reopens to flights after suspicious package prompts closure – BC

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RCMP closed Victoria’s airport to industrial flights for hours Tuesday whereas officers responded to a suspicious package deal.

The Victoria Airport Authority confirmed simply earlier than 3:30 p.m. that police had been responding to a name on the airport.

Cpl. Andres Sanchez of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP instructed the Canadian Press that the menace seemed to be “an incendiary system” in somebody’s baggage.

Sanchez mentioned the suspicious package deal was recognized within the departures check-in space of the airport round 1:30 p.m. throughout a safety scan.

He mentioned it was seized by Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority workers and a wing of the airport was closed to make sure travellers had been protected. Police and specialised items from the Decrease Mainland have been referred to as in to examine the merchandise.

RCMP mentioned there are not any public security issues however the public ought to keep away from the airport for not less than the following a number of hours.

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Travellers are requested to not come to the airport and to test their flight standing with their provider, or on the airport web site.

The airport authority confirmed the state of affairs had lastly resolved round 8 p.m. A choose few flights had been nonetheless being allowed to reach regardless of the closure.

Sanchez instructed the Canadian Press that the person carrying the suspicious baggage is underneath investigation however police must decide the character of the merchandise earlier than continuing with any attainable prices.

A press release from WestJet mentioned six flights had been cancelled on account of the non permanent closure.

“All visitors impacted by the listed cancellations have been proactively notified and re-accommodated,” it mentioned.

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Round 6:45 p.m., the airport’s web site confirmed 5 Air Canada flights between 3:30 and eight:20 p.m. had been cancelled. An Air Canada flight to Calgary scheduled to depart Victoria at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday was additionally listed as cancelled.

With information from the Canadian Press

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