NEW YORK: Florida’s Fort Lauderdale has suspended operations for the day after the fatal shooting.
American Airlines said: “The thoughts and prayers of the entire American Airlines family are with the Fort Lauderdale community. The active shooter situation occurred in Terminal 2; American operates out of Terminal 3. All of our employees are safe and accounted for.
“Law enforcement is reporting one suspect in custody. However, the situation continues to develop and we are working with local law enforcement as events unfold,” it added.
Five people were killed and eight others were hospitalized after the shooting. The motive behind the shooting is not yet known.
Two American flights that were in the air destined for FLL have landed safely, and are being held away from the terminal. Two other flights have diverted to other nearby airports. All American flights into FLL have been cancelled for today.
Due to the security situation, American has a travel alert in place for customers that are scheduled to fly to/from FLL Jan. 6 and 7. This alert allows customers to rebook their travel without change fees. Customers can reschedule their travel on aa.com by retrieving their reservation, or contact American reservations at +1-800-433-7300 in the U.S. or Canada. Customers calling from outside the U.S. or Canada should check aa.com for our worldwide reservation phone numbers. Customers are also encouraged to check the status of their flight on aa.com.
Southwest Airlines said operations are suspended at FLL for the rest of the day.