Albertans abroad finally make it home amid COVID-19 crisis: ‘It was utter relief’
More than 10 days after the federal government urged Canadians to return home over novel coronavirus fears, many Albertans have finally made it back.
Sheila Ethier and a group of friends landed in Bucerias, Mexico at the end of January.
Originally, the group was scheduled to return home to Edmonton April 7 but calls from Canadian Foreign Affairs to come home cut their trip short.
“There wasn’t too much excitement but by Sunday, a lot of the restaurants had closed, there was this huge exodus of tourists.
“It was like a ghost town,” Ethier described.
Ethier was then scheduled on a March 25 WestJet flight. Then WestJet announced it was suspending all international flights effective March 22.
The group struggled to get information on whether they would be able to return.
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Finally, they got confirmation they would be on a repatriation flight to Calgary March 23.
“It was like utter relief.
“Immediately I was like, ‘Thank you Justin Trudeau. Thank you, WestJet,’” Ethier told Global News.
After an overnight layover, Ethier made it back to Edmonton on March 24.
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