SO WHAT is the professional pilots rumour board saying about the T5 debacle and fiasco?
A lot, and it starts here. As Rupert said, in a comment to something or other, this pilots’ site is “ever yielding”. Compared to SNAFUs in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, this apparently is the mother of all screwups.
Some unkind soul is suggesting that the folks in charge “couldn’t find their own backsides with both hands and a torch”. An unusual metaphor. She, he or it must be from down under.
Another cruelly says: “The problem is that this bunch of wankers have NEVER in decades been able to run the airport as an airport !! As a shopping mall, well, that’s another kettle of fish entirely…….”
Do they serve fish at LHR? Maybe Gordon Ramsay does, who knows? As an “airport user” who lives 30 minutes from Heathrow, LHR is my least favourite airport in the London area. Wish Manston Airport would do transcontinental frights…. Heathrow should have been left as an apple orchard, in ‘Arrow, where I currently live, there are still varieties of apples which could contribute to the overall “gene pool”. LHR contributes nothing to life but stress – Heathrow needs a psychotherapist, an aromatherapist and a psychiatrist. It’s a screwed up airport.
Next time I fly out to Bengaluru, it will be using Jet, methinks. As a Virgin lass said to me when I was flying back from Ole Mumbai, Jet knows how to treat its passengers right. Plus, unlike Virgin, when you land at Mumbai or Delhi you will have a Nanocar with a Jaguar engine to speed you to your destination. [Er, Tata doesn’t own Jet, Ed.] ♥
IT WAS ONLY a nib in the Times of London, but it was a good nib (news in brief), if not a great NIB. It’s so small it’s not on Times Online.
A KLM fright, according to The Thunderer today, couldn’t figure out where to land in Hyderabad because it didn’t know where the airport was. Heck, when we were in Bengaluru a few weeks ago, this was the burning question of the day.
This is the situation. Apparently Sonia “Mother of India and Italy” Gandhi opened the new Hyderabad airport only for it to be closed the day after because everything wasn’t quite ready. In rival South Indian city Bangalore, the airport was supposed to open on the 31st of March but it won’t open until the 11th of May because there are some things like connections to sort out yet.
According to apocryphal reports from Inverness, a Dan Dair pilot once landed his jet on what used to be the Inverness airport, only to find itself bogged down in a field. These things happen. I still maintain, however, that compared to Heathrow, Mumbai International is a dream place to fry out of. The domestic airport is fine too – it’s the transit system between domestic and international that’s bogged up. At least you don’t get thrown into a communal shopping area, a la Terminal Five, ‘Eefrow. ♥
AT THE DOMESTIC terminal of HAL airport in Bangalore – the airport that was supposed to be doomed but reprieved because the new airport isn’t ready yet.
It isn’t just Bangalore that’s suffering from the SNAFU. Sonia Gandhi opened the new Hyderabad airport last week only for it to close the next day because it wasn’t ready.
One businessmen in Bangalore observed that even if the new airport here gets operational, it will take as long as three to five hours to get there and if you pay by taxi it will cost Rs1,000 – meaning that the bother of getting there will cost more than flights to many spots.
Bangalore HAL now has a problem too, because many of the staff here have been wooed away by the new airport, making things slightly more interesting than before.♣
BOGGARD There’s a wooden statue of Ganesh outside the Karnataka government shop here in Old HAL. We were interested to see how many airport employees took time out to touch the lotus feet of the elephant headed god.