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Flight delayed ... flight delayed ... flight departed. Huh?

EGYPT | Sunday, 27 December 2009 | Views [2993]


Well that was exciting!    
Waiting in Cairo airport for our flight to Luxor, we weren't particularly surprised or alarmed when 'flight delayed' appeared on the departures board. The flight was supposed to be 40 minutes late. So with 10 minutes to go Kai decides he HAS to have a milkshake, so drags Mum off to get one, which takes a good 15 minutes. We still weren't too concerned since the departures board still said 'flight delayed'.
With a cheekily happy Kai in tow were headed down to the gate: "Luxor flight? Gone. Departed. Varoom" said the men at the gate. We turned around and pointed at the departures board which still said 'flight delayed'. "Ah, ignore that, don't listed to anyone else. We are telling you the flight has gone".
Ho hum, a bit of running around confirmed that the flight really had gone and we never did find out what happened to "Gate open" "gate closed" or any other status in-between. Travel tip for Cairo: don't trust what you see just go to the gate and trust the people there.
Situations like these aren't unfamiliar when travelling independently but with two tired kids in two it becomes ... challenging.
Given it is peak season and the route between Cairo and Luxor must be the most common, I didn't rate our chances of getting on another flight that day but the staff back at the checkin were actually very good and first found two seats on a flight two hours later so we split up and Yuki and Kai took the first leg while Riu and I stayed back hoping we'd manage to get seats the same day.
Meanwhile I'd SMS's out hotel pickup to advise collection for Yuki and Kai which was just as well since Kai was in meltdown mode by this time - late, tired, and no food. had we not already arranged our accommodation in Luxor arrival there would have been somewhere beyond difficult!
Riu, as usual was fantastic. He's a real traveller and seems to take almost anything in his stride. He too was tired and hungry and wasn't too happy when there was still nothing to eat on the plane but soon realised there was nothing I could do so just put his head down and went to sleep for a short while.
Yuki had organised a takeaway pizza which was still warm when we got there and Riu devoured that even though it was almost midnight.

Tags: flights, mishap, travel with children

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