Clarification on YVRAS and Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport

    VANCOUVER, April 20 /CNW/ -

    The incident

    At approximately 10:20 pm (local time), Sunday, April 19, an armed young
man forced his way through a security checkpoint at Sangster International
Airport and boarded CANJET flight number 918 destined for Halifax, Nova
Scotia, with a scheduled stop in Santa Clara, Cuba. This was an armed
intrusion, not an undetected breach of pre-board passenger screening. As with
most airports around the world, Sangster International Airport checkpoint
screening personnel are not armed.
    The gunman held hostage members of the crew and passengers who were on
board at the time for a short period. Jamaica Defence Force Counter Terrorism
Operations Group responded and secured the release of all on board.
Thankfully, there were no injuries.
    For specifics on the incident, please contact

    The airport

    Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport is operated by MBJ Airports
Ltd., which is owned by Abertis Airports, a Spanish company, and by Vancouver
Airport Services (YVRAS), which is a minority shareholder.
    YVRAS provides consulting services to MBJ Airports Ltd. as part of a
technical services agreement. Under this agreement YVRAS provides a number of
senior personnel and general consulting-on matters ranging from general
operations to advice on commercial activities and in-terminal concessions. The
agreement does not specifically reference security. Passenger screening and
security are the responsibility of the airport operator MBJ Airports Ltd.
    For information on airport operations at Sangster International Airport,
please contact the airport's Chief Commercial Officer, Elizabeth Scotton at


    While Sangster International Airport is part of the YVRAS network of
airports, Vancouver Airport Services' (YVRAS) is not, in fact, the operator of
the airport as has been reported in the media today. YVRAS will provide
support to MBJ Airports Ltd. as needed while the airport operator works with
appropriate agencies on the ground in Jamaica to investigate this incident. It
is now a police investigation and in the hands of the Jamaican authorities.
    Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS) is a global airport investment,
management and development company. YVRAS is a 50/50 partnership between
Vancouver Airport Authority and Citi Infrastructure Investors.

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