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Airport vigilant after CAL threat

Officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) will remain vigilant following a warning by the United States Embassy of “unconfirmed threat information” relating to Caribbean Airline (CAL) flights out of Guyana that were destined for the United States.

GAIA Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard.

GAIA Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard.

GAIA Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard told Barbados TODAY that flights were operating as usual.

We are aware of the report regarding Caribbean Airlines in Guyana. However, I can tell you that none of our flights has been affected and here at the Grantley Adams International Airport we continue to be vigilant in all of our security checks,” he said.

The Trinidad and Tobago-based CAL went ahead with its flight from Guyana to New York’s JFK Airport this morning, despite the US Embassay warning.

The Embassay in Guyana said that out of an abundance of caution, US citizens travelling on the airline between today and Wednesday should make alternative travel arrangements.

But CAL said it had all the necessary and appropriate security systems to address any issues being raised.

There has been no specific rise in cancellations. Most of the people who were booked to fly on today’s flights have travelled, which of course is an indication of the assurance they have with our security and safety procedures,” said CAL communications manager Clint Williams.

Guyana’s Cheddie Jagan International Airport (CJIA) said that it has “since adopted the highest security posture to protect passengers, crew, aircraft and airport employees and to ensure the continued smooth and safe operations at the airport”.

The CJIA said it was urging passengers and other airport users to be on the “lookout for any suspicious activities or occurrences and report same to an airport security official”, adding that the heightened security posture would remain in place over a number of days until the threat is no longer deemed valid.

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