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Canadians taken off the island in evacuation

Air Transat has launched an evacuation operation to get all its travellers out of the Dominican Republic as another Category 5 hurricane spirals through the Caribbean.

Hurricane Maria has devastated the island of Dominica, and is on track to pass near Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands late Tuesday to early Wednesday.

Air Transat said it is sending eight aircraft to Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana. Three aircraft are expected to arrive in Puerto Plata and Samana on Tuesday evening and five in Punta Cana Wednesday morning. The evacuation procedure applies regardless of the return date indicated on the Air Transat ticket.

This operation will allow close to 2,200 passengers to be repatriated, the airline said.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for part of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Other airlines also announced plans to bring home customers, allow passengers to rebook travel plans and cancelled flights because of the hurricane.

Air Canada announced it is operating five flights including larger aircraft to bring customers home early from the affected areas in advance of Hurricane Maria, including from Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samana in the Dominican Republic. The carrier also announced it has implemented a goodwill policy for customers whose itinerary includes a flight affected by the hurricane.

The carrier also announced that customers who planned to travel between September 18 and September 20, 2017 may rebook an alternate Air Canada Vacations package by October 15, 2017 for travel until April 30, 2018.

Meanwhile, Sunwing announced all flights into Puerto Plata and Punta Cana have been suspended until Sept. 22. The carrier also said flexible policies are in place for customers with travel plans to these locales to rebook or change destination and that a contingency plan will be activated, if necessary, to deploy rescue flights to repatriate all customers in the Dominican Republic by Wednesday in advance of the storm’s potential landfall.

Air Transat has also activated its hurricane policy for flights scheduled for Dominican Republic until Sept. 22. Clients can choose to travel at a later date at no additional cost, travel to another destination served by Transat without incurring any change fees (if the package price is higher than the original booking, the client will be responsible for paying the difference) or cancel their bookings and obtain a full refund in credit vouchers.


Sep 22, 2017

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