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Trudeau reaches out to airlines for help bringing Canadians stranded abroad home

Last Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm PDT

FILE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media during a news conference about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Wednesday March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The prime minister has been speaking with CEO's of Air Canada and WestJet

The meetings are made to find ways to help Canadians stranded overseas come home

Sunwing is offering free plane rides home for Canadians stranded from some southern destinations

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canadians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic are being offered hope they’ll be home soon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he’s been speaking with the CEO’s of WestJet and Air Canada to book flights out of Europe.

Telecom companies are also being asked to text people information about how they can contact Global Affairs, he added.

Canadians stuck in southern destinations also have access to free trips home from Sunwing, even if that’s not the airline they initially booked flights with.

Global Affairs Canada has been inundated with calls and emails as citizens look for more information.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, now in self-isolation while awaiting his test results from COVID-19, some Canadian travellers may even be stranded for weeks.

Trudeau also said in his Thursday address he expects the border to shut down to non-essential traffic Friday overnight into Saturday, adding both sides were still working out the details.