HOLIDAY BLUES: These Ballina students have losy money after cancelling flights to Bali. They are, from left rear, Chris Hawkins
HOLIDAY BLUES: These Ballina students have losy money after cancelling flights to Bali. They are, from left rear, Chris Hawkins

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ANOTHER group of local teenagers who were to travel to Bali for their end of year schoolies break have been slugged with a $250 cancellation fee.

Thirteen teens from Southern Cross School K-12 at Ballina were planning to stay together at Kuta in Bali for their end of year celebrations, but have pulled out following the latest bombings.

But, while Qantas and Garuda airlines have been offering full refunds for cancellations to Bali, the teens booked with Air Paradise who are still charging a $110 cancellation fee.

The accommodation wholesaler is also charging a $110 cancellation fee.

However, there was a bright side to their ordeal yesterday with Ballina Jetset manager David Ballingall waiving all but a $20 fee to cover his costs to help the teens out.

"I feel really sorry for them," Mr Ballingall said.

The HSC students, Caroline Emery, Christopher Hawkins, Sharni Lewis, Harumi Takagi, Rebecca Willis, Adam Izzard, Kylie Layzell, Lauren Smith, Kayla Laverty, Joel Clark, Madeleine Ryan, Dylan Wise and Chelsea Peterson are now deciding where to spend their end of year break.

One of the students, Adam Izzard, yesterday said some were considering going to Phuket in Thailand instead of Bali while the rest of the group planned to go camping at Noosa Heads in- stead.

Adam said he was finding it difficult to concentrate on studying for his upcoming HSC exams while trying to sort out the holiday mess.

"I haven't been able to get motivated (to study) at all," he said.

"I've been too busy trying to sort this out."

And, while a $250 fee is not as bad as losing the entire $1,246 they have paid for their package, Adam said he was still disappointed to have to pay at all.

"I've been working for three years to save up for this," he said.

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