Friday, January 02, 2009
Yep back to life as we know it. A very short one tonight. I have a friend arriving from Ireland tomorrow so the Friday Fuckwit is Etihad Airlines who were late taking off from Dublin . . further delay in Abu Dhabi and I'm really not sure what time I'll be picking him up from Kingsford Smith tomorrow. Also, air traffic schedulers who don't consider the curfew in their flight planning (well if they do, I haven't seen any evidence of it!)
Sydney has an air noise curfew between midnight and 5am which they don't advertise to international visitors. So often, these delays are so that long haul flights come in after 5am. If they catch a good headwind half way, you're made to sit in a transit lounge in some far flung place such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Bangkok to wait until the time is appropriate. Used to be Bahrain and Bagdad but . . . well no explanation needed there.
I'm all for the curfew, I do feel sorry for people in the flight path late at night. I remember having dinner in a fabulous Italian restaurant's outdoor garden in Leichardt (an inner city suburb) and every five minutes we had to stop talking as an aircraft mosied over . . .you could see the colour of the serviettes . . .
The building of a safety ramp on the third runway is causing even more congestion with that particular runway closed but I wish the airlines would coordinate their schedules to allow for it rather than have passengers thinking a wing's about to fall off and having a little freak out in some middle eastern airport because their flights delayed for 2 hours. My poor passenger has already sent three emails in frustration, is high on adrenaline and so frustrated that this particular long haul is longer than ever. Twenty four hours in a tin tube is no fun . . I just hope the experience is worth it.
Of course the curfew also means that most long haul (that is flights from North America and Europe) bombard the airport early in the morning causing more delays at customs. All this and I pay $25 an hour for car parking . . .
As an upshot, posting may be few and far between, it may be daily depending upon what activities provide material, it may be photo blog stuff because we'll be out and about doing the touristy thing but I'm so looking forward to his visit. Even bought a new sofa bed! Hurry up Paduan, there's a chocolate on the pillow with your name on it!