“I thought they were having a laugh,” said Paul Wilkinson
A 65-year-old British man had a once in a lifetime experience after realising that he was the only passenger on a Jet2 flight from Faro to Belfast on March 30.
Paul Wilkinson, from St Annes in Lancashire, first thought that his flight had been cancelled or delayed after arriving at the gate and seeing no other people. However, he was informed that he was in fact the only passenger on the flight.
“It was like being on my own private jet. Someone told me a private jet is in the region of £28,000 (over €31,000) and it’ll probably never happen again,” he told LADbible.
“There was no one at the gate which I thought was strange. I spoke to the stewards waiting to take the passports and they said ‘oh Mr Paul, you’re VIP today. You’re flying on your own’.
“I thought they were having a laugh. I thought I was early or late. I kept thinking they were going to say my flight had been cancelled,” he said.
It took some time before he came to the realisation that this was not a joke and that he was indeed the only person who had booked a seat on the flight.
“The cabin crew were smiling, they kept calling me King Paul. I asked if they were joking but they said I had the plane all to myself, I could do what I want, ask for what I want,” said Paul Wilkinson.
“The service was second to none. They did a one-on-one safety demonstration, we took photographs and the captain came out and had a chat with me. I jokingly asked for a refund on my seat, which I paid for. It was just surreal. I went for a walk around the plane, I had a pick of the toilets,” he added.
After his three-hour flight, passport control and baggage reclaim was a breeze.
“I think it was a total one off. They’d taken holidaymakers to Portugal and there was no one to come back and it was pure luck that I needed to go to Belfast,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Jet2 spokesperson said: “We are delighted that Mr Wilkinson was able to experience our award-winning customer service in true VIP style.
“Our outbound flight to Faro from Belfast International was particularly busy with lots of happy holidaymakers heading off to the Portuguese sunshine.”