Scandaleux! Cuban airline lies to Canadian tourists, denies their apartheid status, strands them at airport for three days

Crime against apartheid tourism

From our Annals of Apartheid Tourism Bureau

Shocking, absolutely shocking!  Scandaleux!

The government-owned airline Cubana de Aviación has just ruined the apartheid “dream holiday”  experience of a lot of Canadian tourists by treating them as if they were Cubans.

Yes, hard to believe, but true.  The airline forced the tourists to spend one night at a non-apartheid hotel with inferior amenities and services, and then — to add insult to injury — forced them to spend an additional two days waiting for their flight at a rustic regional airport.

Crime against apartheid tourism

The Canadian tourists claim that the airline knew that their flight would be delayed for three days, but lied to them and brought them back to the airport from their substandard hotel prematurely –knowing damn well they would be stranded there — in order to avoid paying for hotel rooms.

And, to make matters even worse, this farce caused a back-up in Montreal and prevented some Canadian tourists from flying to Cuba, ruining their apartheid “dream holiday” experience.

Sacre Merde de les chiens de Saint Lazare!  Quelle horreur!  How awful!

Imagine… Canadians stripped of their apartheid status, being treated as if they were Cubans!

This outrage deserves to be condemned by the United Nations.  And those responsible should be tried for crimes against humanity at the International Court of Justice at the Hague!

Canadians being treated as if they were Cubans

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias, photos from Le Journal de Montréal

Some 180 Canadian tourists were stranded for three days at the Jardines del Rey Airport on Cayo Coco, Ciego de Ávila, due to delays by Cubana de Aviación,  Le Journal de Montréal reported.

The Canadian newspaper said, citing some of those affected, that the Cuban airline did not communicate the problems to the passengers so as not to pay for their lodging.

Tourists were stranded for many hours on Friday in the terminal before being told that the flight was cancelled due to inclement weather, but the situation lasted for two more days after that.

The travelers were relocated to a nearby hotel, which did not have the conditions or services that the tourists had paid for at their resorts, the Canadian newspaper said.

Several of the tourists interviewed said that on Friday morning that it took an inordinate amount of time to get them into their hotel rooms after they were told at the end of the afternoon that their flight would not leave, “because there were winds in Montreal,” they said.

On Saturday they were taken to the airport again, and left stranded despite having passed Customs control.  “The Cuban airline knew that there was no flight,” say the tourists. According to them, Cubana de Aviación made them wait because they did not want to pay for hotel rooms for “about 180 travelers from four different hotels waiting for their flight back to Quebec,” they said.

After 48 hours of uncertainty at the airport, the Canadians were able to board a flight on Sunday to Montreal. This whole saga also ruined the holidays of people who wanted to go to Cuba.

It is not the first time something like this has happened. In August of last year, a hundred travelers, including Cubans and Canadian tourists, remained stuck in the Camagüey airport for more than three days until they managed to travel back to Québec.

On that occasion, the airline indicated that the aircraft had a radar problem, so it flew over the island for two hours to burn fuel and returned to its starting point. The passengers spent more than 70 hours in Cuba without information about when their flight would depart.

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1 thought on “Scandaleux! Cuban airline lies to Canadian tourists, denies their apartheid status, strands them at airport for three days”

  1. Again, the reason Castro, Inc. is so cavalier about these tourist “incidents” is that (apart from the fact its system sucks) tourists keep coming anyway, even if the ones who get screwed don’t come back. It’s like any business where traffic or demand is high enough that the people running things figure they don’t need to sweat over customer service. I’ve definitely run into that mentality in the capitalist world, so what else can one expect from a seriously dysfunctional “socialist” outfit?

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