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Fri 7 June 2024
ACSA assures passengers of safe and secure operations following security threat at CTIA

7 June 2024

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) can confirm that operations at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) are operating as normal following last night's (6 June 2024) security threat.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) Bomb Squad was deployed to CTIA shortly after the crew of a departing FlySafair flight (FA102) to O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) was alerted to a possible security threat aboard the aircraft.

The threat was successfully managed by the SAPS and relevant law enforcement agencies. ACSA can confirm that airport and airline management was at the scene to ensure full compliance with all aviation safety and security protocols required by law.

ACSA would like to assure the public that the reported security threat was an isolated incident triggered by comments made by two passengers aboard the aircraft. It must be made clear that the incident was isolated to a specific aircraft and SAPS have since declared the aircraft safe. The passengers were rebooked onto another flight and later arrived safely at their destination.

We can confirm that two suspects were apprehended, and that there are no further risks to airport operations. Airport management on site would like to assure passengers and stakeholders that operations at CTIA have not been impacted by the incident and that the airport is operating as normal this morning.

"We would like to praise SAPS and AVSEC (Aviation Security) again for their combined efforts in upholding the safety and security of passengers and cabin crew. The safety and security of passengers and crew are of utmost importance," said Mark Maclean, ACSA Regional General Manager, Cluster 2.

"Last night's successfully mitigated threat again highlights the importance of why good incident management, collaboration, and security assurance are never taken lightly or compromised by airport and airline management."

ACSA kindly requests that affected families of passengers contact the airline for further information or any media-related queries.