B.C. charter airline flies to the rescue of stranded tourists
March 4, 2010, Kelowna, B.C. - A small charter airline based in Kelowna, B.C., is winning praise after playing the role of good Samaritan to stranded tourists.
March 4, 2010 By The Canadian Press
Flair Airlines flew to Caribbean and Mexican destinations at its own expense last week, to collect about 900 stranded passengers.
The mercy flights came after one of Flair's main clients, Ottawa-based tour company, Go Travel South, went out of business.
Flair general manager Chris LaPointe confirms it cost the airline $300,000 to retrieve the tourists, but he says Flair's generosity could pay off.
He says the company is now quoting on several new contracts that developed in the wake of the rescues.
But LaPointe says, whatever happens, the rescue flights were the "right thing to do.''