Departure - The Learning Curve ......
Friday, September 16, 2016
Today I have learnt that departures can, sometimes, not go according to plan. I have always allowed myself a 3 hour window when flying out of an international airport. Which has always allowed plenty of time to relax into holiday mode and sit around contemplating arriving at my destination (or misery about the holiday ending).
Our check in lady today stopped us in our tracks by discovering that our flight from Delhi to Kathmandu was not on our list of scheduled flights and if not sorted, we could not fly. This was all unfolding between 6-6.30 am. There was no one to call. Office hours are 9-5 don't you know!
The lovely and very helpful Flight Centre lady spoke to the airline supervisor and we were eventually allowed to book on for the flight to Singapore but without proof of the missing flight, we would be going no further. Finally through customs, we had just enough time to change some money, eat and pee before boarding . Then the air conditioning on the plane would not start so we were delayed an hour past take off time while it was replaced or started or something. It was hot and airless ....
A long 8 hours later we landed, emails had been received, transfer counter was found and boarding passes were handed out. Our one remaining concern is that we and our luggage might not be on the same flight path ..... It also turns out that the missing information should never have stopped us from boarding our flight. The tour company will be investigating. The moral of this tail is that you should always allow 3 hours prior to departure at international airports.
We are now half way into our flight to Delhi . Mentally and physically wrecked, but tomorrow is a new day.
One of the biggest airports I have seen and we breezed through customs and thankfully picked up our luggage very quickly. Our guide found us after we walked past his sign with my name clearly written #jetlagged. A slightly chaotic but not unpleasant 45min drive to a really lovely hotel.