Flying Lucy home in time for Christmas!

Airline flies lost cat over 500 miles for emotional family reunion


Flybe loves bringing people closer to what means most to them, so Europe’s largest regional airline was absolutely delighted to play a part in a very special reunion this week.


Lucy, a cute and much-loved seven year-old black cat from the Isle of Wight had been reported missing. Her distraught family had almost given up hope of finding her. Then, much to everyone’s surprise, she was discovered over 500 miles away in a barn on the Isle of Lismore in the far north of Scotland.


Flybe has an extensive regional network stretching the length and breadth of the UK. It has up to four flights a day between Glasgow and Southampton and so was the obvious choice to carry out the rescue mission. Glasgow is the closest airport to where Lucy was discovered in a horsebox belonging to a neighbour who had earlier in the month moved house: Southampton is a mere hop across the Solent from her home!


The team at Flybe said. “After a tip-off from the Isle of Wight Observer, we were only too happy to help and, with the support of our airport and cargo partners, we hatched a plan to fly Lucy home in time for Christmas. Everything went ‘purr-fectly’ on the day and we were thrilled to play a part in what was a wonderfully happy family reunion.”


Lucy’s owner, Zara Ellis, who together with her daughter was at Southampton Airport to welcome the intrepid kitty when she arrived back, later said: “Thank you so much for all your help in rescuing Lucy on what really was an epic trip for her! It all went as smoothly as we could ever possibly have hoped. She is now home and quite frankly, delighted. She is already back in her usual spot and seems quite determined not to leave it. She is officially grounded! No more adventures for this cat for a while!”