Air France Paris flight diverted to Montreal after bomb threat

Air France says flight from San Francisco to Paris has been diverted to Montreal after bomb threat

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Air France declared its flight from San Francisco to Paris were diverted due to security concerns

An Air France flight AF083 from San Francisco to Paris was diverted to Montreal late Monday evening due to a reported bomb threat, the airline declared on its Twitter account on Tuesday.

The plane left San Francisco, US at 3pm local time (2000GMT) on Monday with 231 passengers and 15 crew members on board, according to the Canadian media.

"Following anonymous threat, crew of #AF083, decided per safety regulations to land in Montreal as a precaution."

The plane landed at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal, Canada without any incident six hours after its departure, officials carried out inspections regarding the incident.

Passengers were allowed to leave the plane in groups of 50 and were questioned by investigators. Local authorities were checking the luggage of the passengers as well as the plane.

"The aircraft landed normally. Local authorities will conduct checks," the airline said.

"Local authorities carry out inspections. Air France staff is actually taking care of all passengers."

France has been on high alert since DAESH terrorist group carried out several attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people.

Last month, two Air France flights from the United States to Paris had also been diverted following similar bomb threats on one evening. Passengers on both flights resumed their trips after the planes were checked out by authorities at the two airports. Both of them got an all-clear later.

Air France also stated on Tuesday that the Paris attacks caused a $54million (€50million) drop in revenues due to cancelled trips. However, the carrier said that it expected the effects would lower by the end of December.

The airline group said that the Paris attacks "significantly impacted" traffic to and from Paris. When a comparison is made between the amount of passenger numbers, they were higher in the same period last year before the attacks, but then decreased significantly afterwards.

"The negative impact of the Paris attacks on total November revenues is estimated to be around €50m ($54m, £36m),” Air France said in its monthly traffic update.

"Current booking trends are in line with a progressive recovery including a very limited impact on volumes after the end of December 2015.”

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