It seems too good to be true, but you’d better believe it.
A new app called Wingly has emerged which connects users with private pilots who are willing to offer people lifts for staggeringly low prices – and it just may be the cheapest way to see Europe.
A flight from London to Le Touquet in northern France starts at just £61 one way, for instance, and sun-seekers can fly from Cannes to Majorca for just £131.
The new app, not unlike Uber, connects riders with pilots who charge low fees for ‘lifts’. Although the planes vary by posting, most are two to six seater propeller planes (stock image)
A private flight from Cannes to Majorca (left) is currently offered for just £131, and a flight from London to Le Touquet in northern France starts at just £61 one way (right)
From commuter routes to dream destinations, the idea is simple: pilots post their route, the amount of seats they have available and set their flight price on the app.
Guests then book online and simply show up at the private airfield for their bespoke journey.
Currently, popular routes include a beach getaway from Linz, Austria to the seaside resort of Mali Lošinj, Croatia for just £170 and a city break from Munich, Germany, to Salzburg for just 48 euros (£42).
Flying within Britain is also a bargain – and, in many cases, cheaper than the train.
A one-way journey from London to Newcastle is offered for £43, while an overnight trip from London to Jersey will set you back just £38.
Venice, Italy is a popular destination, with flights available from Austria and Czech Republic starting at 93 euros (or about £82).
A flight from Germany to Austria (left) costs 48 euros and (right) London to Belgium for £107
Flight map: Wingly has over 3,000 flights available to book in-app, although many are within Europe or the UK
City break: For those looking for a quick night away, a flight from Munich, Germany to Salzburg, Austria (pictured) is just 48 euros – or about £42
And for those looking to skip the Eurostar queues, there are plenty of flights from the London area to Belgium – the cheapest being to Ostend, for £107.
The pilots’ incentive is nothing more than to ‘spread the joy of flying’ and most are excited to fly a route that they may not usually do.
Currently, the app offers over 3,000 flights to cities throughout the UK and Europe, and is also opening up routes in the Caribbean.
New flights are posted daily, but currently, a flight from Anguilla to neighbouring country Guadeloupe is just 130 euros (or about £114), while a private excursion from Guadeloupe to Martinique is just 75 euros (£66).
La bella Italia: Venice (pictured) is an especially popular destination on the app, with flights available from Austria and Czech Republic starting at just £82
Belgian beauty: Skip the Eurostar queues and instead fly from London to Ostend for just £107
The planes, of course, vary by posting, however most are two to six-seater propeller planes.
And if there’s a journey you’d like to take that’s not currently available, the app also allows users to request flights.
Pilots can peruse listings and if they see a proposed route that works for them, they can get in contact.
All pilots must have their licences verified before being allowed to join, and, similar to Airbnb or Uber, pilots and passengers are likewise reviewed.
If someone has too many negative comments, they may be asked to leave the app. However, there haven’t been any reported incidents so far.