By Evie Carrick
April 08, 2019
Palma de Mallorca Airport
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Travelers to the island of Mallorca got a once-in-a-lifetime welcome when a flamingo started leading the arriving plane to its bay at the Palma de Mallorca Airport. The easyJet flight had just landed and was taxiing when ground staff contacted the plane’s pilots letting them know the bird was just yards away from the aircraft.

In a video, the bird can be seen sauntering slowly down the tarmac in front of the plane, then keeping pace with it for some time. The flamingo seemed oblivious to the chaos it was causing and at one point started to fly before changing its mind. The wildlife spotting was well received and led to no damage, although airports go to great lengths to control birds that can pose a safety threat.

One Spanish air traffic controller tweeted, "A flamingo received passengers arriving at Palma airport this morning. Very elegant, walking on the tarmac..."

According to Mallorca Bird Watching & Culture, the Greater Flamingo visits Mallorca in the winter months, usually arriving in late summer and departing by April.