‘I had a won­der­ful time – the day I flew to Lidl...’

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of Eng­land was a pic­ture; still ver­dant be­neath the au­tumn sun, still cling­ing to its green­ery. “Lift the nose and aim for Dover,” he added, point­ing to port. And so I did.

Peo­ple pay ready money for such ex­pe­ri­ences, but this flight – on a pri­vate plane to Calais, of all places – cost just £28; plus another £28 to come back (which you def­i­nitely want to do when vis­it­ing Calais).

I’d booked through the nascent lift-shar­ing plat­form, Wingly, which lets pi­lots ad­ver­tise spare seats on their planes. Pi­lots and pas­sen­gers must be ap­proved by Wingly be­fore tak­ing to the skies and the former can’t legally profit from the ser­vice – they can only split fuel costs and land­ing fees – hence the low prices.

The Paris-based start-up has some 7,500 pi­lots and 100,000 pas­sen­gers on its books across Europe. Most jour­neys ad­ver­tised on the site are plea­sure flights or un­sched­uled round trips and all are weather de­pen­dent. Des­ti­na­tions vary – from Barcelona to the He­brides – as do de­par­ture points.

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