July 3, 2022

A NEWLYWED few who are at this time stranded in South Africa have claimed they were being quoted £2,000 to alter their flights so they can get again to the British isles to isolate.

Cat Holligan from Edinburgh claimed British Airways “offered” to alter her and her spouse Grant’s flight back again to the British isles for £2,046.

The stranded newlyweds flew to Cape City on Friday for their honeymoon and only located out the state was on the Red List when they landed.

Cape Town International Airport
Cape City International Airport.

The physician was in tears at the airport just after realising she would have to fly again dwelling as shortly as doable so she could isolate and return back again to function on time.

The few had already used £7,000 on the 19 day honeymoon and claim they have to now also pay back £3,700 to isolate in a Uk quarantine lodge for 10 times.

Cat initially manages to alter her flights for £400 but BA afterwards modified the time of a connecting flight, leaving the couple caught in South Africa.

She tweeted about £2,000 flight change quote on Friday, composing: “Trying to alter our flights with @British_Airways to get household in time to quarantine throughout annual go away so we can return to do the job as prepared.

The married couple
The couple on their marriage working day.

“I get the job done for the NHS and my spouse is in the emergency providers – just been quoted £2,046 to improve the day, adopted by £4K to quarantine.”

Social media people had been shocked to hear about British Airways’ intended quotation. 

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Heather Peebles explained: “Absolutely barbaric from @British_Airways.

“Capitalising from a pandemic. 

“Sheer greed.”

Carolyn Scott-Bruce wrote: “Ooft @British_Airways presently cancelled the only flight house that would have gotten them back again just before the 4am Sunday slash off for lodge quarantine – and they did it whilst their British Airways flight to South Africa was however in the air. 

“Surely these costs can’t be justified?

“Profiting from pandemic.”

Gemma Bruce wrote: “WTF @britishairways are a shame.”

Speaking right now, Cat said: “Our travel agent managed to transform our flights for £400 as an alternative of £2,000, on the other hand British Airways have now altered our Johannesburg flight so the Durban flight doesn’t arrive in time for us to make our relationship.”

The couple chose to honeymoon in Cape City so they could also take a look at Grant’s loved ones who are from the metropolis and ended up unable to show up at their wedding ceremony in July due to Covid.

Cat Holligan
Cat Holligan.

Cat and Grant ended up devastated immediately after turning on their phones when they landed to see textual content messages from liked kinds informing them about the country’s new travel position.

Cat claims that they have been not instructed about the transform in journey limitations in advance of, during and just after the flight.

She right away went to the intercontinental revenue desk at Cape City Intercontinental Airport to be instructed all flights back again to the Uk are cancelled until additional discover.

Hundreds of Britons have experienced their travel ideas scuppered because the selection to put South Africa on the Crimson Listing previous 7 days.

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British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, the only two flight operators that fly straight from the United kingdom to Johannesburg and Cape City, ended up forced to cancel all flights landing in the British isles before 4am on Sunday.