UPDATE: As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Victoria International Airport has reopened after a bomb scare caused it to shut its doors and halted all commercial flights Tuesday afternoon.
An undisclosed police incident has prompted Victoria International Airport (YYJ) to suspend commercial flights Tuesday afternoon.
“The RCMP is responding to [a] call for service at YYJ,” the airport wrote in a tweet.
“The airport is closing to commercial flights. We are asking travellers not to come to the airport at this time and to please check your flight status with your carrier or our website.”
At this time, Victoria Airport Authority cannot comment further but says it will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
4:12 p.m. UPDATE: Sidney/North Saanich RCMP say officers are currently responding to a threat at YYJ.
“There are no public safety concerns, however, the public is being asked to avoid the Victoria Airport area for the next several hours,” said RCMP Sgt. Chris Manseau.
5:30 p.m. UPDATE: According to Cpl. Andres Sanchez of Sidney RCMP, a passenger brought a suspicious package into the airport. The airport is closed until RCMP can ensure the airport is safe, and the individual is currently being investigated. A bomb squad is on its way from Vancouver.
More to come…
⚠️1/2The RCMP is responding to call for service at YYJ. The airport is closing to commercial flights. We are asking travellers 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