Las Vegas Airport resumes flights following deadly concert mass shooting
Nearly two dozen flights were diverted overnight.
Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport officially resumed aviation services after temporarily ceasing operations overnight following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
A lone gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more when he opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night.
The “crazed lunatic”, as described by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, targeted innocent civilians attending the annual Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Police said the killer’s motivations remain unknown.
Following reports of the mass shooting, McCarran Airport diverted a number of inbound flights and temporarily halted operations from around 11pm on Sunday, causing delays and complications for travelers.
However, within a few hours airport officials had resumed limited operations, revealing nearly two dozen flights had been diverted to other airports overnight. As of this morning, the airport was operating normally.
With heavy hearts @LASairport is pressing on this morning with full operations. It’s critical we help air travelers get to/from their homes.
— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) 2 October 2017
While commercial operations are up and running again, tour helicopter operators and other businesses located on the west side of the airfield are experiencing issues as a result of surface street closures.
The 15-acre field where the outdoor music festival took place is located a few hundred feet across the strip from the Mandalay Bay Resort and less than two miles’ drive from McCarran International Airport.
A number of roads and off-ramps remain closed due to ongoing police activity in and around Las Vegas.
The British Foreign Office warned visitors to avoid the area and to follow the advice of local authorities.
A terror attack or mass shooting does not entitle airline customers to a refund or free scheduling changes. Travelers are advised to check with their airline regarding any flight changes, delays or cancellations.
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