Transpac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3207 posts, RR: 13 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
I'm considering a nonrev trip to DKR as my first ever trip to Africa in 2-3 weeks. I was just wondering if anyone has any information about the airport and the procedures for flying into and out of the country.
I'm especially interested in inbound and outbound customs procedures - the types of documents I'll have to show on arrival, as well as the procedure for departing the country. Specifically, in regard to departure, is DKR one of the airports where you *must* have a boarding pass and seat assignment to pass through security & immigration, like SYD, KWI, etc??
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2801 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3584 times:
Hey Transpac, sounds like a fun trip! You're trying something new besides the old and worn NRT turns?
I can't shed too much light on DKR, but I will relate my personal experiences as a non-rev. Last summer, I visited a friend in Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) and jumpseated on DL, ATL-DKR-CPT and then CPT-DKR-JFK.
On the outbound, the ATL gate agent warned me that I could possibly get stuck in DKR while connecting to the DKR-CPT flight. At the time, DL operated a 764 ATL-DKR-JNB while a 763 operated JFK-DKR-CPT. I didn't plan ahead appropriately and took the ATL flight, which meant that I had to switch aircraft in DKR. Both 767s arrived in DKR within an hour of each other in the early morning hours (around 0400L). I deplaned my first aircraft and joined the other connecting or terminating passengers on the bus ride to the terminal. It's a very small airport and landing in western Africa in the middle of the night with two DL 767s is a surreal experience. Connecting passengers (including me) were ushered to the boarding area again and boarded another bus to the DKR-CPT 763. As a jumpseater, I paid departure taxes via credit card aboard the aircraft, but as a DL non-rev, you'll have different procedures. On the climb-out from DKR, the flight attendants fumigated the aircraft by walking down the aisles and spraying insecticide! That was an interesting experience. Other than that, it was an awesome trip to CPT! Thanks, DL
On the return, I jumpseated CPT-DKR and decided to stay aboard that plane which continued to JFK. Upon arrival in DKR, I paid departure taxes again and unfortunately was bumped out of my BusinessElite seat because of a full cabin. But at that point, I was so eager to return to the States that I didn't care where they seated me! One other note: during the ground time in DKR, a wrecking crew boards the aircraft and turns over every seat cushion and opens every overhead bin. They practically give the aircraft a C check with all the passengers on board! I assume this check is for contraband, etc...
Anyways, it was an awesome trip with a rather nerve-wracking experience as a jumpseater through DKR. After the departure taxes, fumigation, confusion about jumpseat procedures, and more, I was just ready to be done. But, it was still a very pleasant and enjoyable adventure. Good luck with your trip and have fun!
PS: I hope you spend some time wherever you go. It'd be a shame to fly all the way to a new continent without seeing anything...