A MOTHER and father were charged nearly €500 to fly home last-minute to see their dying son.
Teresa Hurley and her husband Ciaran were holidaying in Gran Canaria when they received the news that 34-year-old son Keith Flanagan had been found unconscious on a Cork city street and was in a serious condition.
Aer Lingus charged the couple €480 to change their flights so they could visit Keith in Cork University Hospital.
Teresa Hurley told the Irish Mirror that doctors had told them to get a flight home immediately and they would keep Keith alive for a while – but they were then charged “full whack” for the flights.
Dad-of-two Keith Flanagan died on Saturday two days after he was found unconscious on a Cork city street. Gardai are investigating circumstances around an incident earlier in the evening.
Aer Lingus have since promised to refund Keith Flanagan’s family and sent their sympathies.
Last month, a Dublin doctor was charged €188 to switch flights after he found out his wife and three kids had been murdered in England.