Locals stranded in paradise by Paradise
By ZOE SATHERLEY
MICHAEL O'Reilly and his partner Wendy King should have spent yesterday sitting on a Bali beach rather phoning across the world and searching the internet.
But the Ballina couple were among the hundreds of passengers left stranded by the sudden collapse of airline carrier Air Paradise.
They spent the day desperately trying to get information on how they could get back home.
"We rang the travel agent and they didn't have a clue," Michael said from his hotel room yesterday.
"We couldn't get through to Air Paradise then someone told us to try Qantas but their lines were busy too.
"Then we tried the Qantas web site and all the information we needed was posted there.
"We're really grateful that Qantas has said it will fly people back free of charge. Now we will have to try and get a seat booked.
"I'm due back at work in Lismore on Monday and I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it.
"Not that I'm really all that worried. I have been here six times and Wendy has been here 13 times and we just love the place. We'd be happy to stay forever."