Spokeswoman Barbara Harvey says the departure will be settled once final arrangements are made with the Japanese government and the cruise ship company.
A news release from the company operating the Diamond Princess cruise ship says the Canadian flight has been “shifted” to early Friday morning.
Thousands of passengers who’d been taking a cruise on the Diamond Princess have been stuck aboard the ship docked in Yokohama, near Tokyo, while the illness dubbed COVID-19 has sickened hundreds.
Forty-three of about 250 Canadian passengers had been struck by the bug at last count, according to Canadian authorities.
Passengers aboard the quarantined cruise ship were told earlier that a flight set to bring them home was “expected” to fly out of a Tokyo airport on Thursday.