An unspecified threat aboard an aircraft heading to the Grantley Adams International Airport on Saturday resulted in the initiation of a comprehensive security protocol, the airport said.
In a statement Saturday evening, Sharleen Browne, a spokesperson for the airport, said that at approximately 2:10 p.m., the control tower was alerted to an unspecified threat aboard an aircraft scheduled to land in Barbados.
“Given the immediate proximity of the aircraft to our island, it was deemed unfeasible to reroute the flight to an alternate destination,” Browne said.
“In response to this critical situation, we have initiated a comprehensive security protocol in collaboration with the Barbados Police Service and other relevant authorities. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of all 190 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft. We are committed to conducting a thorough investigation to resolve this situation swiftly and securely.”
It was not immediately clear which airline is involved or if the passengers and crew are still on the plane.
“As a direct consequence of this incident, we regret to inform that the outgoing flight of the associated airline has been cancelled,” the reads.
“We understand the inconvenience this causes to our valued passengers and are working diligently with the airline to provide alternative travel arrangements. All affected passengers have been notified and will be assisted by our customer service teams.
“We prioritize the safety of our passengers, crew, and staff above all else. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of everyone involved as we manage this situation. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.”