Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India took an unexpected turn when his official Airbus plane experienced technical difficulties. The Indian government promptly offered the use of “Air India One” to facilitate his return, but Trudeau and his delegation opted to wait for a backup aircraft.

Extended Stay in New Delhi

Trudeau found himself stranded in New Delhi’s Lalit Hotel after his plane’s mechanical issue grounded it. His unplanned extended stay in India lasted several days, causing some diplomatic tension at a time when the Indian government had expressed concerns about certain anti-India activities taking place in Canada.

Delayed Departure

Initially, the Canadian Prime Minister’s replacement aircraft was scheduled to arrive in India to continue the trip. However, reports from CBC News indicated that the substitute aircraft was diverted to London, causing further delays to Trudeau’s return home. The reasons for this diversion remained undisclosed.

Diplomatic Discussions

During his stay in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. During this meeting, Modi emphasized the importance of a relationship based on “mutual respect and trust” for the progress of the India-Canada relationship, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).


The incident involving Prime Minister Trudeau’s delayed return due to aircraft issues highlights the complexities and challenges that can arise during international diplomatic visits. Despite the inconvenience caused by the mechanical problem and subsequent delays, both India and Canada continue to work towards fostering a strong and respectful relationship.


  • Canadian Prime Minister
  • Justin Trudeau
  • India
  • Airbus plane
  • Aircraft technical issue
  • Diplomacy
  • G20 Summit

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