Police in Arequipa region reportedly ordered the temporary evacuation of terminals and suspension of flight operations at Alfredo Rodriguez Ballón International Airport (AQP) on Wednesday, May 8, due to an anonymous bomb threat. Unconfirmed reports indicate police received an anonymous tip that an explosive device was onboard a LATAM Airlines flight 2137 from Lima. Police subsequently cleared the aircraft and airport facilities shortly after 11:00 (local time), determining the threat to be a hoax.
A heightened security presence and lingering flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are to be expected at the airport over the coming hours. Further details are still emerging.
Individuals traveling via AQP are advised to avoid the airport until further notice, prepare for flight disruptions (including delays and cancelations), and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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