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The main airport terminal on the islands is closed, but is allowing humanitarian flights, Fitzpatrick says, including an Air Canada flight that was carrying nearly 60 electrical workers.
The Canadians were to take the flight back home on its return leg.
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Fitzpatrick says the workers were allowed to disembark, but airport and civil aviation authorities wouldn’t allow Air Canada to board the passengers, who had been waiting at the airport.
He says the company had previously been told that the chartered flight would be allowed, and is in touch with senior Turks and Caicos officials.
In the meantime, he says, the Canadians returned to their hotels.
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Global Affairs Canada says it will hold a technical briefing to update the public on what it’s doing to help those affected by hurricane Irma Monday afternoon.
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