Canadians Barred from Turks and Caicos Flight Allowed to Return Home

Canadians Barred from Turks and Caicos Flight Allowed to Return Home

By The Canadian Press

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The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

TORONTO – Air Canada says about 100 Canadians who had been barred by local authorities from a flight leaving Turks and Caicos will now be allowed to fly home.

Hurricane Irma caused extensive flooding in the islands last week, with water reaching above the waist in some areas.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says the company was planning on using a chartered plane to evacuate 95 Canadians who had been staying on the islands, but civil aviation authorities wouldn’t allow the passengers to board the flight.

Fitzpatrick says the main airport terminal on the islands is closed, but humanitarian flights have been allowed to operate.

He says authorities in Turks and Caicos have now agreed to let Air Canada operate the return flight, which is scheduled to leave Monday afternoon.

Fitzpatrick says the Canadians are expected to arrive in Toronto Monday evening.

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