The situation was mentally exhausting, and with continuous flights being cancelled/delayed, we were unaware of when we’d actually be able to return home, thankfully we had each other and were surrounded by family.
Fortunately, we finally had our successful flight home, but due to another family emergency in the UK, our mother was unable to get on our flight.
We have now gone nearly 4 months without seeing our mum, and we’re not sure how long it’ll be until we can see her again. It’s been challenging for all of us, but no more challenging than it’s been for her. She has not been inside her own home for an entire year, she has missed 2 family milestones and she is stuck in a foreign country without those closest to her.
Yesterday her 5th flight had to be canceled due to new COVID regulations at one of her transit countries. For the latest canceled flight, we had to pay 3 times for the ticket (twice due to technical issues) and still waiting for refunds including 2 previous flights.
So money is running out fast and on top of this, plane tickets have become much more expensive during this pandemic. Airlines are prioritising the higher class tickets, which are now costing in the regions of $10,000-$20,000+ and on top also the $3,000 for the quarantine when she finally manages to get back home. Understandably airlines are trying to reduce their losses and hence it looks like a higher class ticket might be our only chance to get her home sooner.
After hour and days searching for flights and engaging several travel agencies we found a flight for tomorrow but due to the costs of over $ 14,000 it looks like we are going to fail again to manage to get mum home.
Any donation is greatly appreciated and we are very thankful for any help we can get.
Ashley, Alina, Aaron and Michael
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