A regional journalist and his friends have been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after his stag party was thrown into doubt following an airline’s closure.
Kieran Beattie, reporter at Aberdeen daily the Press & Journal, had been due to fly to Antwerp today for his stag do along with 11 friends.
But the trip was almost cancelled after Belgian flight operators VLM airlines, with whom they were due to fly directly from Aberdeen, went into liquidation last Friday.
Luckily 26-year-old Kieran was able to organise alternative travel via Edinburgh and Amsterdam, with a train to their final destination of Brussels, but he and the rest of the stag party have each been left about £100 out of pocket.
Kieran, pictured, told the P&J: “When the email came through on Friday night I felt absolutely horrible.
“My best man Jordan has been working so hard over the past few months to organise not only my stag do, but another one for our pal James, and suddenly we were faced with calling off the trip entirely because of this airline – we just felt completely mugged off.
“Thankfully, we are being given a refund for the tickets, and we managed to find relatively cheap Easy Jet flights from Edinburgh, so as long as they don’t suddenly go bust as well, everything will go as planned.
“It’s not the best to have less money for beer, but at least it’s still going ahead.”