When is a delay not a delay?
When it is a cancellation!
Hi everyone as you know I was flying back to the UK on Sunday night and yes I am safely back in Britain but after an interesting few hours....
I was at the airport in plenty of time for the 01;30 take off time.
KIX or Kansai International is a brand new airport on an artificial island nearly a kilometre off the mainland.
It is an amasing building and I usually enjoy going there....
This time we all got on board and then we slowly moved around the airport in the plane but never took off....I thought we might be driving back to Britain for a change!
Instead we stopped and were served some sandwiches.
Then at about 3:30 we were told that the plane could not take off due to 'maintenance' problems.
Well I prefer to be careful rather than not when it comes to flying so I wasn't too disappointed.
Next the staff told us that the local hotels were full so that we would have to sleep in the airport terminal near the gate.
This being Japan there weren't too many groans, but I'm sure Thai air's reputation has suffered.
So by the time we are as comfortable as you can be in an airport terminal it was about 4.
By 6 the sirport staff were arriving and cleaning for the new day and by 7 there were lots of new passengers arriving too!
PLUS there was a terrible combination of music not just one type of music but two! So it was IMPOSSIBLE to ignore them both especially as they were completely different kinds of music traditional jazz and traditional Japanese!
So while the seats were quite comfortable the noise was not helpful for getting any sleep. BUT do you ever sleep on a plane anyway?
I was due to fly from Kansai and arrive in Bangkok at about 5, then wait for 6 hours before flying on to London arriving at 18:00.
But as luck would have it the Thai staff put me on the 10:00 JAL direct flight to London which arrived at......14:00 so saving FOUR hours!!!
So you can see that the answer to the question in the title is when you fly Internationally you might arrive at your destination BEFORE you thought so, not later than you thought!
Now that IS a funny thing!
The Thai air staff were very good and as helpful as they could be in the circumstances, I wonder if they can put me on the direct flight back to Japan?
OK I have to go to sleep now but I will blog again with a little of what it is like to be back in Britain.
Bye for now
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