Grenada-Granada error sends gran 4,000 miles astray
How a woman who booked Spain trip as part of 'bucket list' ended up in the Caribbean
A GRANDMOTHER who planned a visit to Spain as part of her 'bucket list' found herself in the Caribbean after a monumental booking error.
Lamenda Kingdon, 62, from Plymouth, planned to visit the Alhambra Palace (above. left) in southern Spain after receiving treatment for breast cancer and a brain tumour.
She booked a two-hour flight to Granada in Spain over the phone, using her late husband's unspent Avios travel points, but instead ended up on a 10-hour journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean island of Grenada.
After leaving Gatwick on 1 September, Kingdon says she noticed her ticket said 'Grenada Airport' but thought that might be how they spelt it in Spain. She also noticed the departure and arrival times were vastly different - but presumed it had something to do with the time difference.
It was only after she had eaten her in-flight meal, drunk a gin and tonic and started to talking to a lady sitting next to her that she realised the error.
"I told her how much I was looking forward to seeing the Alhambra. She replied: 'Not on this flight, you won't be.' She then grabbed the elbow of a passing stewardess and told her: 'This lady thinks she's going to Spain'."
Kingdon told her local newspaper, the Western Morning News, that she "just froze" when she heard the news. She subsequently left the plane at a scheduled stop in St Lucia and, after spending six hours in the airport's executive lounge, boarded a plane back to Gatwick.
Avios has reimbursed Kingdon for the flights and expenses. She was flown to Granada the following day and given additional points, which she hopes to use to travel to New Zealand, another destination that features on her list.
Since her return from Granada, Kingdon has been given the all clear by doctors and hopes to make the New Zealand trip next year. ·