Statement by Kent Woodside, Vice President and General Manager, CanJet Airlines

    HALIFAX, April 20 /CNW/ - We are very relieved to confirm that the gunman
on CanJet Flight 918 in Montego Bay is now in police custody and that the
remaining crew have been released unharmed.
    Obviously we were extremely concerned for the well-being of everyone
involved in this incident. Our priority is now to provide comfort and support
to the passengers and crew who were involved in this ordeal. The crew who were
being held are receiving medical attention as a precaution.
    I'd like to praise the professionalism and bravery of our crew who, while
trained to deal with serious incidents, would have hoped never to have to deal
with the reality.
    The security and safety of our passengers and crew are our top priority.
We will continue to do all we can to help the authorities who are
investigating the apparent breach of security at the airport that led to this
    As you know, Sangster International Airport has been reopened. Moments
ago a CanJet aircraft left Montreal and will travel via Toronto to Montego Bay
later this afternoon to take passengers and crew on to Santa Clara or back to
Canada, should they choose to return home.
    We would also like to thank the security authorities in Jamaica and
Canada., including the RCMP. And we're extremely grateful for the assistance
of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister's Office.
    All of the passengers who were released earlier are now resting in a
local hotel.
    We still have our information line available for anyone with questions
about family or relatives who may have been on board CanJet Flight 918. The
number is 1-888-777-6429. We will also provide updated information on our
website - as it becomes available.

For further information:

For further information: CanJet media contacts: Sean Lewis, (902)
223-2782; Mark Boudreau, (902) 802-8687

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