Diverted Air France passengers kept Iqaluit airport staff busy

By Jeff Pelletier Local Journalism Initiatve Reporter It wasn’t a normal Tuesday for staff at Iqualuit airport gift shopw hen 260 passengers were unexpectedly stuck in the airport terminal for nearly 11 hours.The passengers made their unplanned arrival at the airport shortly before noon Tuesday when their Air France flight from Paris, bound for Seattle, Wash., made an emergency landing in Iqaluit after a “heat smell” was detected inside the plane. With their arrival, the staff at the gift shop got to work, making sure the travellers were happy and comfortable. “They were just more curious and had lots of questions,” Troy LeBlanc, manager of Arctic Co-op’s gift shops and Tundra Takeout at the airport, said of the international travellers. An Air France jet is parked at the Iqaluit Airport…

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