Saturday, March 21, 2020

'We don't want to be abandoned': India grounds flights, leaving Vancouver family stranded

Vancouver: A Vancouver family stuck half a world away from home has been spending the last few days on the phone trying to get a flight back to Canada.

On Saturday, they received news that another booking had been cancelled.

“We got a notification that tomorrow's flight had been cancelled -- just no flights leaving, no flights coming in,” Parinaaz Udwadia told CTV News over Skype from Mumbai.
The family left Vancouver on March 7. Before they left, Udwadia said, they did their due diligence by ensuring there were no travel advisories. She said their airline reassured them that the trip would not be impacted.

The family went to India to celebrate a cousin's wedding and a grandmother’s 100th birthday.

“Because of the reasons we were coming here, we decided to take a chance," Rishad Udwadia said. "Hindsight is 20/20, but honestly, we didn't think it would be like this."

The Udwadia family has so far booked three different flights home - with Air France, KLM and Delta - and each time, the flights have been cancelled.
21/03/20 Angela Jung/CTV News
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