Bride, wedding party almost miss wedding due to airline delays
Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:04PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, August 2, 2012 8:03PM ADT
Bride Tammy Baldwin should be attending her own wedding rehearsal today in Cox Harbour, NL but instead of preparing for one of the most important days of her life, she instead spent Thursday stuck in the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, along with her wedding party of eight.
The group, which includes five children, flew out of Toronto yesterday and was supposed to land in Newfoundland after a stopover in Halifax, but their flight was delayed leaving Toronto.
"We were delayed two-and-a-half hours already on the plane waiting for our luggage to be loaded, and they couldn't get someone to back us out, a crew," says Baldwin.
The wedding party missed their connecting flight in Halifax and they were forced to stay there overnight, but then things got worse.
“I was on the phone the entire night just trying to get things figured out for the kids and being that the wedding is tomorrow at 3:30. They were trying to tell me they couldn't get me there," says Baldwin.
With the wedding taking place Friday, they looked into renting a van but Baldwin says there were no vans with child seats available for rent and with five children in the group, driving without them wasn’t an option.
"It's been pretty bad,” says the bride’s son Quinton Baldwin. “I don't think I'm going to come back to Nova Scotia, just like, we lost all our luggage."
At one point they were told they could be stranded for five days, along with another couple travelling with their 14-month-old son, also headed to Newfoundland for a different wedding.
"Now they're telling us that there's no flights back to Gander until August 5 and there's one flight to St. John's on August 3," says airline passenger Allana Eldrige.
Air Canada says the delays were the result of bad weather and referred CTV News to their website instead of answering questions.
However, just as things seemed hopeless, the Baldwin wedding party was promised tickets for a flight to Newfoundland to arrive in time for their special day, after the appearance of the CTV News crew at the ticketing area.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ron Shaw