“You’ve caught me at a good moment: it’s actually seldom someone meets me in a bad one”, said Lára Jónsdóttir at Keflavík International airport yesterday when a reporter from an Icelandic national newspaper caught up with her.
According to Guðjón Arngrímsson, Vice President of Icelandair and Icelandair Group’s corporate communication, Lára - who celebrated her 100th birthday this summer - is said to be the oldest passenger ever to have flown with the airline.
Lára is not one to let age bother her and travels regularly to visit other countries. For her latest trip she’s off to Orlando to visit her son-in-law for his 70th Birthday. When asked about her plans while there, she swiftly replied:
“We’re going to drink some wine, enjoy the sunshine and probably do a fair bit of shopping”. She also added “Knowing me, this won’t be my last trip either. I’m always planning my next. I think I’d like to go to Boston on a shopping trip. I fancy buying myself a nice new blouse and a pair of trousers.”
Her granddaughter, Lára Hildur Tómasdóttir, who was accompanying Lára on her travels, has no worries about her grandma’s non-stop escapades.
“She always gets to sit at the front of the plane and of course she’s really well looked after onboard. She travels so frequently we’re all pretty much used to it now.”
Lára’s grandmother adds: “Everyone’s so thrilled that I make the effort to go on these trips, while I still can. It’s so very important to make the most of the time you have.” She encourages everyone else to do the same.
Lára Hildur says her grandma has always been a keen traveler “She loves it. We’re going to make the most of this trip to Orlando, drink some fine wine with some good food and go to all the parties. There are certainly enough of them! Grandma always comes home from her trips happy, tanned and feeling ten years younger”.