Statement on December 19 Incident at Fort McMurray Airport

December 19, 2014

Fort McMurray, AB – December 19, 2014 Travellers at the Fort McMurray International Airport experienced travel delays this afternoon as Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a threat at the airport at approximately 12:30pm. As a precaution, the terminal building was evacuated.

 In their news release, Wood Buffalo RCMP noted that “a lone male was arrested and is currently in custody for making comments in reference to a dangerous device. Threats made against the safety of an aircraft and/or its occupants are criminal code offences.” The RCMP reported that “it was determined that the public was in no danger during this incident.” An investigation is ongoing.

 Passengers were allowed back in the terminal shortly before 2:00pm. Approximately 300 passengers on four flights were immediately impacted by this event, but cascading travel delays may occur. Passengers are advised to consult their airlines regarding any potential flight delays.

 “We are very grateful to the RCMP for their prompt, professional response to the situation,” says Joanne Barnes, Communications Coordinator for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “CATSA staff worked hard to ensure that passengers were rescreened as efficiently as possible once returning to the terminal, and airline staff made themselves available to answer passenger inquiries. We appreciate the cooperation of all our our partners in a situation such as this.”

 About Fort McMurray International Airport

Fort McMurray Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM). Canada’s fifteenth busiest airport, YMM is the fastest growing airport in Canada with a passenger growth rate of 11% in 2014. YMM will serve over 1.3 million passengers in 2014.

 Media Contact

Joanne Barnes

Communications Coordinator, Fort McMurray Airport Authority