Well that didn’t go to plan

As Robert Burns so aptly noted:

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley [Often go ugly]

After a long and tiring 13 hour flight from Hong Kong to Zurich which at times seemed to be a rather convoluted loop through China, Khazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, over the Caspian Sea over Azerbaijan and then along the Black Sea probably designed to avoid Iraqi and Russian airspace, we found ourselves looking slightly dishevelled and in desperate need of sleep in an almost deserted Zurich airport.  Looking to find the transfer station, we checked the departure boards and noticed our Zurich – Dublin flight had a strange red German word next to it. A couple of seconds later that word changed to the equivalent English word.  “Cancelled”.  Our hearts sank.

There then ensued some almost frantic discussions with a couple of airport staff where we discovered that a rampant Icelandic volcano was doing its best to thwart our [and thousands of others] travel plans.  All flights in and out of Ireland, the UK and Scandinavia had been cancelled.

When we got to the transfer station we worked out where everyone had got to.  The queue at the transfer station rivalled the best that Sydney airport could ever hope to throw up.  There was nothing for us to do but join another 2 hour queue to finally get a new flight to Dublin [via Frankfurt] tomorrow.  So Swiss Air have put us up in the Park Inn near the airport for the night,  including vouchers for lunch and dinner [breakfast was included in the room charge].  This was very decent of them considering that the volcano had nothing to do with the airline.  For those that have ever stayed in Formula1 hotels, the Park Inn is a slightly upmarket version.

So what this all means is that we will be arriving in Dublin at 10:30 pm on Friday rather than at 9:20 am on Thursday.

5 Responses to Well that didn’t go to plan

  1. Chris Bradley says:

    Damn Volcanos …. now you know how the Dinosaurs felt 🙂

  2. Maureen says:

    Never mind. Better stuck in airports than flying into volcanic ash… Try to relax anyway. Good opportunity to try all the drinking holes at airports and keep a log of the standard of local wines…and best coffees… cakes… chocolate…

    Hope it all sorts out soon. Just getting all the travel glitches over with in one hit I guess. Stay well and enjoy!

  3. Chris says:

    Its looking like we will be stuck here for another night. We have a flight booked for Frankfurt at 19:15 but at this stage all airports in Germany are closed. We`are about to head to the airport to get a better idea of our options. While Dublin is apparently no longer affected, it doesn’t look possible to get to Dublin from anywhere.

  4. Andrew P says:

    Hopefully the fact that Dublin is clear will mean that the whole thing is blowing over…

  5. Adrian says:

    Hey Chris – I can think of worse places to be stuck than Switzerland! I’ve taken the liberty of finding a link to the possible beers you can drink on your extended stay there. http://www.bov.ch/cgi-bin/showcountry?switzerland – good luck and look forward to some pictures.

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