TS, WS, WG Send Planes To Caribbean To Evacuate Travellers
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing have launched evacuation operations to get travellers out of the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos.
TS announced that 10 aircraft will arrive in the Dominican Republic this morning – seven in PUJ and, two in POP and one in AZS. Pax are scheduled to be back in Canada this afternoon or early evening.
Transat also implemented its hurricane policy for flights scheduled until September 11, 2017 for the following destinations:
Dominican Republic (Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, La Romana)
Cuba (Varadero, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara, Holguin)
Haiti (Port au Prince)
WestJet said it will fly three planes to the Caribbean: one each to PUJ, POP and PLS.
Sunwing reports that it sent two special flights to St Maarten/St Martin on 5SEPT to evacuate affected passengers. Today the operator is sending in two rescue flights to PUJ and POP to evacuate customers who were meant to be returning to Canada later in the week.
Southbound flights to PUJ have been cancelled on 6SEPT and 7SEPT. 8SEPT flights to POP have also been cancelled.
Sunwing’s hurricane policy has been extended to all southbound passengers scheduled to travel to any of these destinations between 6SEPT and 10SEPT inclusive. Pax have been provided the option to change destination or rebook for travel at a later date.
WG flights to Cuba, Freeport in the Bahamas and Florida are all scheduled to operate as planned, however the hurricane policy also applies to passengers due to depart to these destinations in the same time frame.
All new Sunwing flight times are being posted here as they become available.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.