Dutch Teen Lands in Sydney, Nova Scotia by Mistake

Milan Schipper planned to travel to Sydney, Australia before college starts, with a very cheap airplane ticket he found online.

But as the Dutch teenager landed by mistake in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, he learned that a deal that looks too good to be true probably is. Schipper said he booked the ticket because it cost around €200 less than any other flights. He was heading for beaches, but instead he found himself in the blizzard-struck landscape with little more than light jacket and a t-shirt.

“I thought I was going to Australia, but that turned out a little different,” Schipper told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday, March 30. The 18-year-old began to feel concerned when the small plane was in transit in Toronto. “The plane was really small and so I figured, would that make it to Australia?”

When Schipper asked for assistance from the airline employees, he was given an option to go to Australia with a €1,500 ticket or to book a return flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The student opted for the latter, and was picked up by his father at the airport who “laughed an awful lot, just like everyone else”.

This is not the first mix-up between the Australian and Canadian cities – tourists from Italy and Britain reportedly made the same mistake in the past few years.