Missing cat miraculously found alive after cage arrives empty on flight

A cat who went missing on a flight to Cairns has been found safe and is set to be reunited with his owners after a wild misadventure.

Cookie was supposed to be on board a Virgin Australia flight to Cairns on Sunday, but when the plane touched down the cat’s cage was found to be empty.

Owners Jack and Jessica Thomas are moving overseas, and were sending their beloved pet cat and dog to live with family members in Cairns.

Cookie the cat (left) was a first-time flyer and somehow escaped his approved travel carrier before boarding the Virgin Australia flight (left). Source: 9News/Getty

It was only after several frantic phone calls to Virgin Australia they were told Cookie had never made it, the couple told 9News on Monday.

It became clear Cookie had escaped before take off, they were told.

But after more than 24 hours of distress for Mr and Mrs Thomas, this story has a happy ending.

“We are pleased to have found Cookie safe and sound after an extensive search and we look forward to reuniting him with his owners,” a Virgin spokesperson said in a statement issued to Yahoo News.

Jessica (left) and Jack Thomas (right) were preparing to move overseas are now devastated that they have lost one of their pets. Source: 9NEWS

“We will continue to investigate how this incident occurred and we will review and update our processes accordingly.”

The owners had taken to social media and contacted news organisations in a bid to help spread the word about their cat, which as far as they were concerned could be anywhere in the country.

As it turned out, the cat was reportedly found at the airport.

Virgin staff did not comment on the state of the missing feline.

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