Jet Brings Five People Back From Toronto

April 8, 2020

ABIR recently worked with the Association of Bermuda International Companies [ABIC] and the Bermuda Government to bring a group of Bermuda students and island residents home, with a LearJet35 leaving Toronto on Friday with five passengers aboard.

A spokesperson said, “The Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers [ABIR] teamed up with the Association of Bermuda International Companies, in cooperation with the government of Bermuda, to bring a group of Bermuda students and island residents home to their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bermuda government officials reached out to both industry organisations to request help after it became apparent Bermuda students were not going to make it home from Canada before the island’s shelter-in-place restrictions took effect. Working quickly, ABIR and ABIC made collaborative arrangements to charter a plane to offer the stranded individuals a ride home.

“The LearJet35 left Toronto Friday with five passengers aboard, arriving in Bermuda just a few hours before the island’s lockdown began.”

Albert Benchimol, President and CEO of AXIS Capital and chair of ABIR, said, “Reuniting Bermudian students with their families together during the pandemic is a small gesture that means a great deal. ABIR member companies are pleased to work with ABIC and the Bermuda government to ensure a safe homecoming for Bermudian students studying in Canada.”

“This was an impressive and very commendable initiative, and underscores these companies’ deep commitment to the island,” said Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, founder of Lili Bermuda Perfumery and Bermuda’s Honorary Consul of Canada.

“ABIR and ABIC were pleased to come together to address an immediate need in our community,” said John M. Huff, President and CEO of ABIR, and Richard Winchell, CEO of ABIC, in a joint statement.

“Bermuda’s international business sector remains committed to Bermuda’s health and economic recovery from COVID-19.”

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  1. PANGAEA says:

    We have to be cruel to be kind.
    Initially opening the passenger exit doors at the airport was a colossal mistake for what was perceived as good reasoning, . We could have been the safest place on the planet. now we are” crying over spilt milk”.
    Bermuda by our geographical location was in total isolation , we had it made ! until the the words” shelter in place” did not apply to those travelers who arrived back here, all it takes is one infected person, to destroy a country its people’s livelihood and our economy, now we mourn the lost of three souls . A terrible price to pay .
    It takes a lifetime to build a reputation of Faith; Hope Love and Charity.
    Faith ,we will survive this. Hope that it never happened again. Love of our beautiful island and it people. Charity we thank those who give of the precious time to help us.