Government insiders revealed that the Indian government had extended an offer to provide Air India One services for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's return to Canada on Monday. Nevertheless, the Canadian delegation opted to await the arrival of their own aircraft.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation have departed India after being stranded for over 36 hours following the G20 Summit due to a technical issue with the Canadian PM’s aircraft.
Government sources confirmed that the Indian government had offered the use of Air India One for Justin Trudeau’s return on Monday. Air India One consists of a two-plane fleet of Boeing 777s exclusively used by India’s president, vice-president, and prime minister for international travel.
However, Canada declined the offer and informed the Indian government of their preference to await their own aircraft, responding about six hours after the proposal was made.
Justin Trudeau, who arrived in Delhi on September 8, had initially planned to depart two days later, on Sunday. Unfortunately, a last-minute technical problem with his Airbus aircraft forced him and his delegation to extend their stay in the city.
Eventually, on Monday, the technical issue was resolved, and Trudeau’s aircraft received clearance for takeoff. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar was present at the airport to bid farewell to the Canadian PM and express gratitude for his participation in the G20 Summit.
Trudeau’s aircraft departed at approximately 1:10 pm IST.
“On behalf of PM Narendra Modi Ji and my colleagues in government, I was at the airport today to thank Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for his presence at the G20 Summit and wished him and his entourage a safe trip back home,” the minister conveyed on social media platform X.