GEORGETOWN Feb 10 Authorities in Guyana and the
U.S. Embassy there have warned of an unspecified "threat" to
Caribbean Airlines flights out of the South American nation.
Extra security measures were put in place at Cheddi Jagan
International Airport outside the capital Georgetown, but the
Trinidad and Tobago-based airline was operating normally out of
Guyana on Monday with a flight to New York departing at dawn.
"The officials assessed the threat and put in place a number
of measures to prevent any untoward occurrence," the airport
authority said in a statement late on Sunday.
"Passengers and other airport users are asked to be on the
lookout for any suspicious activities or occurrences and report
same to an airport security official."
"A heightened security posture will remain in place over a
number of days until such time as the threat is no longer deemed
The U.S. Embassy in Guyana, a former British colony on the
northeast shoulder of South America, warned citizens not to use
Caribbean Airlines until the middle of the week.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the embassy advises all
U.S. citizens in Guyana traveling on Caribbean Airlines to the
United States from Monday, Feb. 10 through Wednesday, Feb. 12,
2014, to make alternate travel arrangements," it said.
On its web site, Caribbean Airlines said its planes were
leaving normally, but extra security was in place.
"We thank the traveling public for their understanding of
any inconvenience as special security measures have been put in
place," it said in a statement.
The airline says its 21 aircraft serve 16 markets in the
Caribbean, South America and North America.
(Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)