The charter had been booked by a group of individuals from the Bresolver community who were hoping to make the cumbersome trip to Uman a little less difficult for the many who make the annual pilgrimage.
“It is a big hassle every year,” Shimshy Geiger of Do All Travel in Borough Park told VIN News. “The vaad of Breslov came to us and had a charter flight set up with everything arranged. They just asked us to serve as a ticketing agent so that people could call and place orders.”
496 passengers had booked tickets on the flight which was scheduled to leave at 12 AM tonight from JFK Airport. Approximately eleven hours before takeoff, Do All was notified that the flight would not be taking off as scheduled.
Geiger said that his agents hit the phone immediately, letting passengers know that their flight had been cancelled.
A statement released by Do All this afternoon apologized for the inconvenience and advised passengers that travel agents were attempting to secure as many seats as possible on other flights leaving to the Ukraine that would arrive in time for Shabbos.
Geiger said that full refunds will be arranged for all passengers who are not booked on alternate flights.