Guyana first learnt of CAL terror threat on Friday

Guyana first learnt of CAL terror threat on Friday

All Caribbean Airlines flights from Georgetown, Guyana left without incident on Monday as the Cheddi Jagan Airport remained on high alert following a terror threat against a U.S bound Caribbean Airlines flight.

Minister of Transport, Robeson Benn told the National Assembly on Monday afternoon that the Government of Guyana first learnt of the terror threat against the Trinidad owned airline on Friday and immediately a high level security meeting was convened to assess the nature of the threat.

When asked by News Source outside the National Assembly sitting, why the Government did not inform the nation first about the threat, Mr. Benn said information was still being gathered.

It was the U.S Embassy in Georgetown that made the first public statement about the threat through an emergency advisory on its website on Sunday, more than 48 hours after Caribbean Airlines and the Guyanese authorities first learnt of the threat.

The U.S advisory warned American citizens against traveling on Caribbean Airlines flights to the United States from Monday 10th February to Wednesday 12th, February.

The U.S statement also triggered statements from the Government of Guyana and the Cheddi Jagan Airport and the airport was put on high alert immediately.

The terror threat against the regional airline was received at its Barbados office and the information was passed on immediately to the Guyanese and Trinidadian authorities.  Minister Benn told the National Assembly that from reports received, the person who called in the terror threat, spoke in a Trinidadian accent and investigations were ongoing.

He said the airline saw 13% cancellations by travelers out of Guyana on Monday. The flight which was mentioned in the threat was a Miami bound flight. The Government of Guyana reported that the flight left Guyana and arrived in Miami, Florida without any incident or cause for concern.

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