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Scottish woman gets VIP treatment as only passenger on flight to Crete

A Scottish cook book author enjoyed a private VIP treatment as she was the only passenger on a £46 (€52)  flight from Glasgow to Crete. Karon Grieve, 57, was the only passenger on the four-hour flight and had all 189 seats to herself.

During flight, the pilot gave her a personalised commentary, addressing her over the intercom by name and pointing out which countries they were flying over

She was told at check-in that only three people had booked onto the flight to Greece’s largest island.

But after the duo failed to show up she had the entire flight to herself and was given the choice of any seat on the aircraft, dailymail notes..

The flight back from Crete to the UK was “completely full of customers.”

Grieve later posted a photo of her holding a drink surrounded by rows upon rows of empty seats.

After touching down in Crete she managed to avoid long waiting times for her luggage as she handed her suitcase right from the plane.

“The crew arrived — the pilot, first officer and the air stewards. And they all knew my name,” she said. “They all came on and said, ‘Hi Karen, how are you?’ They were all laughing and saying I’ve got my own private jet,” Grieve told CNN .

Grieve said she struggled to keep her composure because a full plane or not, the crew still had to go through the safety procedures prior to take off.

“The girl stood up and was doing the whole thing and she said she had to do it, it’s a legal requirement,” Grieve said. “She had to do the whole thing in front of me, and I was the only one sitting there.

“I couldn’t stop laughing. I just keeled over laughing.”

The flight on Sunday was the last one from Glasgow to the Greek island of Crete this year.
It’s “not unusual for the final outbound flight of the season to have fewer bookings than normal,” a Jet2 spokeswoman told CNN.

The flight back from Crete to the UK was “completely full of customers.”

Despite describing the experience as one that “couldn’t have been nicer,” Grieve said she’s seen a lot of negative reactions online. Many complained that flying one person was a “disgusting” waste of money, she said.

“There’s always someone that’s going to be negative though, isn’t there?” she said.

 

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One comment

  1. “Many complained that flying one person was a “disgusting” waste of money, she said.”

    Which shows a complete lack of understanding of how it works for airlines running a seasonal schedule. They will always have empty or nearly empty planes at either end of the season, simply because the first flight of the season, you are taking people to the destination, and there won’t be anyone there to bring back. Vice versa at the end of the season.

    When I lived on Corfu, I had a few nearly empty flights that I’d grabbed at the beginning / end of the season. Cheap, too! 🙂 I bet the lady had a ball being looked after like that. Good luck to her!

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