Heartwarming footage sees grandparents realise granddaughter is pilot

Heartwarming footage sees grandparents realise granddaughter is pilot

Pilot, 23, gives her grandparents the surprise of their lives when they spot that she is flying them to Palma in heart-warming footage

  • Pat, 79, and Ray, 83, had no idea granddaughter Laura would fly them to Palma
  • Ms Gibson, 23, from Derby, is one of TUI’s youngest pilots and surprised them
  • Pat and Ray said they could not believe it when they saw her standing in uniform

A young pilot gave her grandparents the surprise of their lives when she flew them to their holiday in Palma, Spain.

Laura Gibson, 23, from Derby, is one of TUI Airways’ youngest pilots.

Proud grandparents Pat, 79, and Ray, 83, had no idea when they boarded the plane at East Midlands Airport it would be Laura flying them.

Proud grandparents Pat (pictured with Laura), 79, and Ray Gibson, 83, had no idea when they boarded the plane at East Midlands Airport it would be Laura flying them

Footage shows Pat shocked and overjoyed as she stepped on to the plane to see her granddaughter’s beaming face.

Pat and Ray said they could not believe it when they saw Laura standing in her uniform.

Pat said: ‘We are unbelievably proud of Laura’s career as a pilot. We just think she’s absolutely amazing.’

Laura (pictured with grandparents Pat and Ray), 23, from Derby, is one of TUI Airways’ youngest pilots and she flew them to Palma, Spain

Footage shows Pat shocked and overjoyed as she stepped on to the plane to see her granddaughter’s beaming face

Laura added: ‘My Granny didn’t even recognise me at first. She was very polite when she said hello, then realised it was me and gave me a huge hug! It was such a special moment.’

Laura, who started flying at 18 years old, liaised with the TUI Airways rostering team to agree that she could operate the special flight to Palma.

It was originally Laura’s parents’ idea to put the surprise together and combine their love of TUI holidays with the pride of their granddaughter being a pilot.

Pat and Ray have visited Grupotel Playa Camp De Mar twice a year for more than seven years.

Laura said her grandparents have been ‘living and breathing their proud grandparent moments’ since she started flying.

The previous airline she worked for didn’t have the mobility facilities Pat and Ray need, so when she joined TUI in November, she started to plan their surprise.

Since the moment she had her very first flying lesson in a flight simulator for her 18th birthday, Laura has dreamed of being a pilot.

As one of the youngest of 970 TUI Airways pilots, she is flying to destinations all around the world and is just a few air miles away from being promoted to First Officer.

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