Air Canada, WestJet passengers, employees in Fort Lauderdale 'safe'

Air Canada, WestJet passengers, employees in Fort Lauderdale ‘safe’

TORONTO — Air Canada and WestJet say all their passengers and employees at the Fort Lauderdale, Fl., airport are accounted for and safe following a mass shooting that has left several people dead.

U.S. authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at city’s international airport this afternoon, killing five people and injuring eight before he was taken into custody.

They say the shooting took place inside Terminal 2, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says in an email that passengers on the airline’s departing flights were safely evacuated on the tarmac.

Those on flights arriving from Montreal and Toronto were being held off gate while the terminal remained closed.

The Fort Lauderdale airport has suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rush to the scene.

Fitzpatrick says Air Canada has implemented a rebooking policy for passengers travelling to and from Fort Lauderdale on Friday and Saturday.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says the airline is monitoring the situation closely and believes its passengers and staff are safe.

Stewart said one flight was holding on the ground awaiting departure to Ottawa at the airport’s Terminal 1.

“We are following the lead of law enforcement officials at the scene,” Stewart said in an email.

Air Canada alert:

Air Canada issued the following alert on its website: As a result of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Air Canada has implemented a policy for customers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than January 6, 2017 for travel to, from or via that airport on January 6 or 7, 2017.

If you are scheduled to travel on the affected dates, you may contact Air Canada Reservations to change your flight, free of charge, to another date between now and January 13, 2017, subject to availability in the cabin you originally purchased. Otherwise, any fare difference will apply.

You may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. Any change fees will be waived; however, any fare difference will apply.

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