Sole passenger on commercial flight gets kingly treatment from crew, documents his journey
In the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, many people around the world shared their once-in-a-lifetime experiences of travelling alone in public transport.
As most people were just not leaving their homes due to lockdowns and strict quarantine laws, essential service people and commoners who needed to travel urgently often found themselves alone in empty trains, buses, and planes.
Even though the pandemic is still not completely behind us, commuters in most countries have returned to their regular routines to make public transport, commercial flights and trains fully operational again.
But recently, one man turned up at an airport to discover he was the only passenger boarding a commercial flight from Belfast from Faro in Portugal.
On March 30, Paul Wilkinson, from St Annes in Lancashire, reached his airport gate and noticed no other people.
As he realised was the only person boarding the flight, he questioned if the flight had been cancelled or delayed. Much to his surprise, he was told that he was actually the only passenger on the flight.
Paul documented his journey from the time he arrived at the destination airport. The clip shared online shows him collecting his suitcase from a conveyor belt that had no other bags. He then walked across a desolate walkway to reach the main terminal.
During the flight, the cabin crew gave him full VIP treatment and referred to him as a ‘king’.
Paul said it was like being on a private jet.
"It was like being on my own private jet. Someone told me a private jet is in the region of £28,000 and it'll probably never happen again. 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'," said Paul.
The crew didn't skip the safety demonstration and even agreed to pose for photographs with Paul.
"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. 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," he added.
The flight was for three hours. When he arrived at his destination, the passport control couldn't believe he was the only one coming off the plane.
Following the memorable journey, a spokesperson from Jet2 airline said: "We are delighted that Mr Wilkinson was able to experience our award-winning customer service in true VIP style.