95 Canadians barred from Air Canada evacuation flight in Turks and Caicos
Global Affairs says it is working at “high levels” to evacuate 95 Canadians from the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos after they were barred by local officials from boarding an Air Canada flight sent to fly them home Sunday afternoon.
The flight was set to depart the islands’ primary international airport at 4:30 p.m. ET. In a statement to CBC News/Radio-Canada, the airline said authorities refused to allow the travelers to board, “despite previous confirmations the charter flight would be authorized.” According to Air Canada, many of the passengers reside in Quebec.
Austin Jean, spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said the department is aware of the situation. “We are actively working with local partners to resolve the situation. The government is currently raising this issue at high levels,” he said.