ogepma From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 67 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11758 times:
After a rather stressful semester, it was time to head back home to Nigeria for the Christmas holiday and I couldn't have been happier! This time around, my trip was going to be incredibly short because word was going around of a proposed fuel price increase on New years day. This trip was also going to be different in the sense that I wasn't spending all of my holiday in Lagos. I wasn't too happy about this because I don't like flying within Nigeria. Despite the fact that I am currently training to be a pilot and the air safety standard in Nigeria has improved tremendously over the years, I still have a little phobia for flying within Nigeria. It's quite shameful but I have had it for a while (from my younger days when flying in Nigeria was questionable). Anyway it turned out to be an adventure I would remember for a while.
This time around, I wanted to relieve myself of a lot of stress by taking a bus direct to LHR. It was going to take 5 hours but I didn't mind. I loaded my new Iphone 4S with about 15 family guy episodes to keep me busy. I had bought my ticket before hand in order to get a cheap fare. I left my home early enough in order to catch the bus. Unfortunately, there was some misunderstanding with the information at the coach station and so I missed the bus. I was completely dampened by this and was confused at the same time. It even got worse when I was told that I will lose my ticket if I can't catch the bus at Chesterfield and that the next bus will get to LHR a few minutes after my flight takes off! I decided to go to Chesterfield with a cab but for the first time in a long time, the cab's number just didn't go through. It was really strange. Luckily, I was still early so I had to go with my last option: taking the train. It's always so stressful using the train to Heathrow. London St Pancreas is always very busy and the Piccadilly line is always very full. Getting to Paddington is a whole different story.
At the airport: London Heathrow Terminal 3 (EGLL)
After my little ordeal, I got to Heathrow a few minutes earlier than my bus would have albeit a lot more tired. I found my way to the Upper class check in stand where I saw a friend who was also going to be on my flight. Usually around this period, almost everyone travels back home to Nigeria. It is not unusual to meet so many people you know on your flight. Today was going to be no exception.
Check in was quick as the line was minimal. Once that was done I found my way to the clubhouse through the separate Upper class wing and security channel. This, in my opinion, is where VS is almost unrivalled at least in Business class. It was very quick and stress free. Once I arrived at the lounge, there was only one lounge attendant attending to a man and his huge family. He was a gold flying club member but was travelling in either premium economy or economy. He was trying to get everyone into the lounge and of course the lounge attendant was trying to politely tell him off. There was no argument but I thought it was annoying because it looked like he was aware that he was wrong but was just trying his luck. Another lounge attendant eventually came and checked me in. The lounge was not really full so I was able to find a good place to relax. Clubhouse by ogepma, on Flickr Clubhouse by ogepma, on Flickr
The VS clubhouse is a really wonderful place. I am always very relaxed when I use it. The attendants are always very helpful and courteous and today was no exception. I saw a couple of friends in the lounge and hung out with them for a bit. Eventually, I went for some 'chocolate shopping'. Duty free at T3 is wonderful. There's so much to choose from. When I got back to the lounge, I topped up with more cocktails. The attendant who was serving me was very engaging. She knew a lot about the aviation industry and was clearly loving her job. Eventually, she told me that was her first day working for VS. I took some more pictures of the lounge before leaving to board my flight.
Route: London Heathrow (EGLL) to Lagos (DNMM)
Carrier: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)
Flight no: VS 651
Aircraft: Airbus A340-600
Flight time: 6 hours
Once I arrived at the gate, pre boarding had commenced. Unfortunately, only one boarding bridge was used so there was a long queue. A few friends were at the gate waiting to board so I caught up with them. When we got into the aircraft, we parted ways to our respective seats. I was seated in seat 14k. I find this seat to be the best. It is easier to look out of the window, it is closer to the engines (which I weirdly like) but not to close to the bar and it does not feel clustered. I was greeted by a friendly stewardess and was offered some champagne. The flight was going to depart on time which was very surprising. Usually, a passenger either gets lost or has to be off-loaded off the flight. This meant we were going to arrive at Lagos quite early. GQ by ogepma, on Flickr Safety Video by ogepma, on Flickr
Soon after the doors were closed, we began our lengthy taxi to runway 27R. Once we arrived at the runway, we immediately lined up and all four RR Trent 500 engines were set to full power. Take off was very smooth.
Once the seat belt sign was turned off, service started. I noticed that VS had changed the presentation of the meals with some new china. It looked a lot more classy so I only hoped the meals would be better too. Firstly, a small bowl of olives or crisps were distributed. I opted for the olives and they were lovely.
Meanwhile, I decided to watch some Family Guy episodes and was relieved to see new episodes had been uploaded. The IFE screen was not really clear. It seemed as if there was an oil spill that was not taken care off on time; like dried oil on it. It didn't really bother me though.
The menu looked quite appetizing. However, the menus on my past VS flights have always looked good but the final product was never anything to write home about. Today, I was hoping that would not be the case especially since meals in economy were getting an upgrade. I decided to start with some King Prawns.
For the entrée, I decided to go with the grilled fillet of beef. It was cooked to perfection. I couldn't believe I was enjoying such wonderful meal on a VS flight. Definitely a step in the right direction. Cheese plate by ogepma, on Flickr Pudding by ogepma, on Flickr Cheese and desert by ogepma, on Flickr
As if the meal service could not get any better, cheese and desert plates followed next. They were wonderful! The desert was a warm sticky tuffy pudding served with fresh cream. At the time these came, I was full but I had to force them down to my tummy. I didn't regret it.
After my wonderful food feast. I decided to lay down as I was very tired. I watched Horrible bosses during the meal service and I really enjoyed it. I tried watching the Hangover 2 but slept off in the process. Before sleeping, I took a few pictures of the cabin
The rest of the flight went by pretty fast and before I knew it, the FA's had commenced the breakfast service. I had told the lovely FA serving me to wake me up for breakfast. I chose the hot option which was a traditional English breakfast. It was really nice.
I was honestly surprised at how much VS J food had changed since I last flew them just over four months ago. This was a true upper class service. It was even better (service wise) than my EK F experience in July last year.
Once we arrived in LOS, I made sure I left the aircraft first as I wanted to be in front of the immigration queue. When I got there, they were all frowning and moaning. It was so funny because that was the first flight to arrive that day. The air conditioning system broke down so the baggage hall was very much like hell! I was still happy to be back home though.
The flight was wonderful. I could not really fault anything. The crew were very nice and pleasant. Not the best I have experienced on VS but they were more than adequate. The highlight for me was the food. I wasn't expecting anything fancy at all so it took me by surprise. Kudos to VS for actually listening to feedback.
The following day, I had to travel to Enugu state in eastern Nigeria. This is my home state and most Christmas holidays, the whole family reunites there. I hadn't visited in a while and I was actually dreading it solely because of the flight. First of all, I was using Arik Air. I had assumed that they had renovated the General Aviation terminal at LOS since they are the only major airline using it however, as I had come to discover later, it was in a much worse state. Secondly, my undying phobia for flying in Nigeria was still moderately present. The security situation at home heightened it a bit.
At the airport: Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport General Aviation Terminal (DNMM)
I arrived at the airport 55 minutes before the supposed departure time of my flight due to some extremely annoying and frustrating traffic (popularly known in Lagos as "go-slow"). Check in was to close 45 minutes before departure and the airport was in total chaos. I didn't know where to go and there were so many touts in the terminal building. It was just so disorganized. I still cannot understand why Arik still decides to use this small disgusting terminal when a world class one sits next door. It's completely appalling. Fearing that I would actually miss the flight, I had to make use of one of the touts. He was standing closer to the front of the line so I gave him my booking ref. and suitcase. I obviously had to watch him throughout. I requested a window seat and luckily, I was able to get one. Once he was able to get the boarding pass, I had to rush in order to go through security. By the time I got to the departure hall, it was completely full. That day, almost all the flights were heavily delayed and mine was no exception. I found my way to the 'VIP' lounge were you pay about ₦500 ($3.15) to use it. I was lucky to find a seat in the lounge. I kept waiting for an announcement on at least the status of my flight. About an hour past and I heard nothing. I asked around and they assured me the flight had not left. I was really getting worried after 2 hours and not even an announcement of a delay. Eventually, after almost 3 hours, they causally announced the departure of our flight without apologizing which I thought was ridiculous. To add insult to injury, the bus took all of us to an aircraft flying to Calabar, another Nigerian city. An airport employee had to run across the tarmac in order to get us to our aircraft. We had to walk across the tarmac to the aircraft. We were all asked to identify our suitcases before boarding. I think this is really good practice as it will reduce delays in case someone needs to be offloaded.
Route: Lagos Murtala Mohammed (DNMM) to Enugu (DNEN)
Carrier: Arik Air (W3)
Flight no: W3 905
Aircraft:Bombardier Canadair CRJ 900
Flight time: 50 Minuites
Confusion had spread to the aircraft. After identifying my suitcase, I was the first to try to board. When I ascended the staircase, the chief flight attendant wasn't sure if he could let passengers board. He kept asking the captain for his approval. It just felt very unprofessional. The cabin was in good condition. I was seated towards the end of the cabin this time. There was also a small business class section in the front of the aircraft. I took a couple of pictures with my Iphone 4S however, I would eventually loose the phone a few days later. I did take some a few pictures with my camera though.
After settling down, a man, his wife and two children (1 baby) came to seat by me. The man sat beside me and the wife and two kids sat opposite us. One of the FA's came and said that the man had to switch seats with his wife because of some regulations or so. It made my flight very unpleasant because the woman couldn't care less if she kept leaning on me throughout the flight. The child was a lot more peaceful than her.
The captain explained to us that the delay was caused by poor visibility. I was surprised as I thought Enugu airport had ILS installed during a major renovation that took over a whole year to complete. It was very embarrassing that the only thing the airport seemed to have gained was a small extra taxiway. It seemed the contractors had squandered the money that was allocated and nothing has been done about it. The airport is a really small one and one would think that closing it for over a year would eventually add some merits to its portfolio. The contrary seems to be the case.
The flight itself was smooth. The food was OK albeit a bit dry. We were served some sort of cake. Service was a bit slow. When the last person was served, the aircraft was already descending. Once we arrived at Enugu, my suitcase arrived on time and I made my way to the arrivals area where my Dad was waiting for me.
The trip was a lovely one. I decided to go with the mind of a foreigner so that I could appreciate the natural beauty of Enugu (which means "on top of a hill" in the local Igbo language). There were so many developments in the city since my last visit. A new mall had opened and a new shuttle service was available too. It's all pictures from here on till the next flight. Pictures of Nsukka town (which is home to one of Nigeria's most prestigious universities and my home town) are also included.
At the airport: Enugu Akanu Ibiam International Airport (DNEN)
After spending five wonderful days in Nsukka town, it was time to go back to Lagos. My mum and I were booked on the second flight to Lagos which was due to depart by 11am. We arrived at the airport on time even though we had heard on the radio that flights were neither arriving nor departing due to low visibility. The airport is a very small one but at the same time, it's not a very busy one. The terminal was nowhere as crowded as Lagos so it was much easier to check in. Once we checked in, we proceeded to the departure area but we eventually decided to relax at the VIP lounge. The lounge system was the same as Lagos. You pay a small fee and you are allowed to use it. This time around it was empty. It was also a lot nicer than the one at Lagos. Our flight was delayed for almost 2 hours this time around. Arik air could not be blamed for this as it is the fault of the government for not installing landing instruments at a certain "international" airport that was closed for over a year for renovation and upgrading purposes.
Route: Enugu (DNEN) to Lagos Murtala Mohammed (DNMM)
Carrier: Arik Air (W3)
Flight no: W3 905
Aircraft: Boeing 737-7GL
Flight time: 55 Minuites
Upon boarding the aircraft, we were greeted by a very young but very cold FA. That was going to be the attitude that the rest of the crew would adopt for the whole flight. The captain came on the PA and apologised for the delay. He expressed his embarrassment about the situation and frankly, I understood how he felt.
The flight was half full and I was seated just behind the wings on the starboard side of the aircraft. Once boarding was complete and the doors were closed, no time was wasted before engine start up. We taxied to runway 08 and began our very quick and powerful take off roll. I recorded this with my Iphone 4s but unfortunately, I lost it later that day at some event. I was so pained by this.
Meal service started almost immediately the seat belt signs were turned off. We were given some buns which were ok and some apple juice; nothing to write home about. My mum wasn't hungry so she gave me her own meal.
Our arrival into Lagos was very uneventful. Landing was very smooth; the pilots did a terrific job. We taxied to the GAT where we disembarked the aircraft and were transferred to the arrivals hall by a bus . Surprisingly, the hall was not as crowded as I had initially imagined.
I had just four more days to spend in Lagos before returning back to England on New years day. I spent this period mostly with friends. It was quite an interesting and very eventful four days but whatever happens in Lagos stays in Lagos .
ogepma From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11748 times:
At the airport: Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport International Terminal (DNMM)
It was finally time to return back to England. To be honest, I hadn't had enough of Lagos so I was not particularly excited about going back. Checking in at Lagos is usually very easy when travelling with VS as very few flights depart in the morning. My mum was travelling with me this time around. Luckily,there was a senior VS employee who helped my mum a while back when her flight was cancelled. He was on duty that day and personally made sure we had no problems while checking in. Once that was over, we breezed through immigrations and security. VS uses a very small but cosy lounge in LOS. On this day, it was empty. This was probably because it was new year's day and few people were travelling. The decision to depart LOS early was as a result of the proposed fuel subsidy increase. Despite reassurances from the Nigerian government that it would't take place until April, it was, in fact, imposed the day after we departed. Very dodgy government! We were quite lucky indeed.
While we were at the lounge, an agent approached us and informed us of a problem with my mum's booking. I suspected as much because I could not access her booking on my computer the day before. We eventually informed the senior employee about the issue and it was resolved in the nick of time!
Route: Lagos (DNMM) to London Heathrow (EGLL)
Carrier: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)
Flight no: VS 652
Aircraft: Airbus A340-600
Flight time: 6 hours
When it was time to board, the gate area looked full. We met the senior VS employee once again and he personally escorted us to our seats. That was a little touch of extra service that added a lot to our experience. He later went on to introduce us to the head of VS for Lagos who was also travelling on our flight.
The cabin was empty. It was awesome to see that out of 48 seats, only 9 were occupied! I have never really had the opportunity to take pictures of the VS A346 cabin with so much liberty. I was not going to waste this opportunity. I usually feel very weird parading around the cabin with my huge camera. Nigerian's don't look too kindly to such behaviour and a lot treat it with so much suspicion. I can't blame them though. According to my mum, it's slightly embarrassing. Once on a short US Airways flight between DCA and ATL. She deliberately hijacked the window seat so that I couldn't take pictures. This was a long time ago but I still remind her of the lengths she has gone in order to bar me from taking pictures. Today, she couldn't care less. One of the lovely flight attendants, who served me for the rest of the flight, offered to take us some pictures.
Parked beside us was an Arik Air, A345 (CS-TFX). This is one of two A345s W3 operates.
When it was time to depart, I moved over from 14k to 16A. I wanted to have a better view of the terminal during take off. I usually hate this side of the aircraft. Although it is a lot more private, it can seem very claustrophobic at times.
As soon as the seat belt signs were turned off, I returned to my original seat. I decided to go through the menu early enough. As on my inbound flight to LOS, the menu looked inviting. Amenity kit by ogepma, on Flickr IMG_8912 by ogepma, on Flickr Menu by ogepma, on Flickr Menu by ogepma, on Flickr
I had always been curious about how Nigerian meals tasted in the air. I always played safe and went with more traditional "inflight" meals. But since the cabin was empty today, I decided to be a little glutton and ask for a second entrée. This was a popular Nigerian dish and when it's made well, it is awesome and when it is not, it can be really bad. The meal contained fried plantains (locally known as Dodo) with jollof rice and chicken stew. Dodo is literately my best food. Any time I am in Nigeria, I stuff myself with as much as I can because it is an amazing dish! So I wanted to see how well it was done by VS. Entrée by ogepma, on Flickr Entrée by ogepma, on Flickr
The verdict: It was ok. Not too bad but it wasn't great either. The plantains were nice and the rice and chicken could have been much better. All in all, it was nothing compared to what is served on the ground.
By the time I had finished the first three meals, I was stuffed. But for some reason, I wanted to take advantage of all I was entitled to. I usually opt for either the cheese plate or a desert but today, I decided to have it all. The cheese and biscuits were as usual, wonderful; especially with some nice Australian red wine to accompany it. The vanilla dessert on the other hand was meh, a far cry from the pudding I had on my inbound flight. It tasted like it was from Tesco.
At this point, I was completely full and generally satisfied with the meals. I decided to take more pictures. I also noticed that the skies were clearer than usual. Usually (in my situation), its an overcast of cumulus clouds over the Sahara. Reflection by ogepma, on Flickr Over the Sahara by ogepma, on Flickr Sahara desert by ogepma, on Flickr Sahara by ogepma, on Flickr Sahara by ogepma, on Flickr
About and hour and a half into Heathrow, the crew commenced the pre-landing services. My mum asked for some fruits along with her sandwiches and they were generous enough to give her a lot. I simply opted for the sandwiches. They were ok. The beef one was not particularly nice. It felt like it was frozen. On the other hand, the salmon one was great.
It was soon time to finally start our descent into LHR. The weather was a little bit rainy but there were no major delays. The flight was a wonderful one. The main reason for this is that we had most of the cabin to ourselves. The FA's were attentive, courteous, helpful but not pretentious or overtly smiley. The food, despite not being as good as the inbound flight, was generally very good. Definitely a step in the right direction especially when compared to the ghastly meals I received in the past. I really did not want the flight to end.
My trip back home to Nigeria, was a very interesting and eventful one. VS has really upped their game and are officially back on track. The improved meal services, the nicer crew, and the upcoming upgrade to the upper class hard product will once again put them in the lead IMO. Arik Air on the other hand is an airline with the potential to be a world class one. However, at the moment, it stands as a national disgrace. Very poor customer service which is fuelled by the general lack of feedback from customers in the Nigerian hospitality industry is becoming the norm. The have a very healthy, well maintained fleet of aircraft; which should be their number one priority, but the fact that they consider them selves rivals to BA, VS, LH and AF is completely absurd. The more annoying fact is that they are not particularly cheaper than the aforementioned airlines and also are quite expensive on domestic flights. Time will tell how they would eventually end up.
Thank you for reading. Comments and feed back are very welcome.
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 11581 times:
Another wonderful report from you!! You always manage to get me jealous with those views of those Trent 500s...EK, VS...more than the actual scenes inside the plane lol. VS looks great and wonderful food that you could enjoy. Nice touch with the personal service on the return, as well as meeting the head of VS in Nigeria, not to mention having most of that cabin to yourself. And to top it all, you were on the gorgeous Airbus A340-600.
Quite a shame about Arik Air and the delay! Even other less developed airports and airlines would perhaps keep one informed of the flight delay.
Glad you enjoyed your trip to Lagos, and yes one always comes back a lot fatter than when they arrived....good food, family and hospitality!!
Nice to see that Herpa 1:200 Qantas Wunala Dreaming peeking out from the stand below in some of the photos.
Can't really say if the VS lounge actually looks very futuristic or retro or a combination of both.
Nigeria is supposed to be one of the fastest growing African nations, is it not? That mall in an otherwise smaller suburban town is evidence of such growth. The Mall looks very classy and still having some stores that are not yet occupied.
jwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10872 times:
Interesting to read about VS - doesn't appear to be a huge amount of reports of them here!
The LHR Clubhouse certainly has changed quite a bit since I was last in there.
And I believe VS has changed caterers in the last few months, so that would be why the food had improved. Although I must admit I've never had a bed meal on VS from the UK at least. The ones I've had from the US have been a bit hit and miss though.
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3361 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10192 times:
Interesting report, thanks for posting. We don't often get to see Nigerian domestics. The pictures you took looked very nice around Enugu. FLights on VS looked very nice - lucky you got such an empty flight coming home. I bet the crew weren't happy though about spending a sober New Year in their hotel in Lagos!
chopchop767 From Italy, joined Aug 2010, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7883 times:
Quoting ogepma (Thread starter): Once that was done I found my way to the clubhouse through the separate Upper class wing and security channel.
This is such a nice perk, that they offer. A few weeks back in the States, I had a J ticket on United and unfortunately, had to check a bag. The check-in from IAD to MUC was at the height of the European bank and it took almost a full hour to reach the check-in kiosk. Then, security was another disaster.
Thanks for the report, the service standard on VS appears to be VERY good.
ogepma From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7152 times:
Quoting BRJ (Reply 2): Great report. Always enjoyable to see pics of Lagos MMA and other sites of Nigeria.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3): Another wonderful report from you!! You always manage to get me jealous with those views of those Trent 500s...EK, VS...more than the actual scenes inside the plane lol. VS looks great and wonderful food that you could enjoy. Nice touch with the personal service on the return, as well as meeting the head of VS in Nigeria, not to mention having most of that cabin to yourself. And to top it all, you were on the gorgeous Airbus A340-600.
Thanks Flightsimboy! Yes, I knew you would drool for the Trent 500 gain . VS outdid themselves this time around. The enhancements really showed positively.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3): Quite a shame about Arik Air and the delay! Even other less developed airports and airlines would perhaps keep one informed of the flight delay.
The sad thing is that this happens quite often, even when there's no real reason for a delay. I really hope they get better so that at least Nigeria would have a reliable international carrier.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3): Nice to see that Herpa 1:200 Qantas Wunala Dreaming peeking out from the stand below in some of the photos.
Haha, I knew someone would spot it eventually. Unfortunately, engine 4 is lost and half of the wheels are broken.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3): Nigeria is supposed to be one of the fastest growing African nations, is it not? That mall in an otherwise smaller suburban town is evidence of such growth. The Mall looks very classy and still having some stores that are not yet occupied.
Yes in fact it is. Unfortunately, a small group of terrorists are trying to undermine this especially in the north. I hope things will get better soon. There is always something new to look forward to in Nigeria
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4): And I believe VS has changed caterers in the last few months, so that would be why the food had improved. Although I must admit I've never had a bed meal on VS from the UK at least. The ones I've had from the US have been a bit hit and miss though.
That would explain the change. In the not-too-distant past, it was usually a hit or miss affair. But the previous flights before these were really bad. I haven't used VS on any other route before so maybe it was peculiar to LOS flights.
Quoting debonair (Reply 5): Is this "fear" only related to flying within Nigeria or Nigerian aviation in general? Would you fly Arik Air's or AirNigeria's (new) London service (if the price is right)?
Its more about Nigerian aviation. Its about me not coming to terms with the fact that things have changed since the 90's and early 00's. I would fly Arik or Air Nigeria if they are reliable enough and provide good services. The former is so far not known to be good at any of those. We would have to wait and see what air Nigeria can offer
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6): Interesting report, thanks for posting. We don't often get to see Nigerian domestics.
Thank you very much! I am a fan of your reports
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6): I bet the crew weren't happy though about spending a sober New Year in their hotel in Lagos!
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7): So nice to see VS is finally dragging their product in line with others as I think it has suffered from underinvestment will RB's eyes were on other Virgin ventures.
The hard product had always been up there. It's a very comfortable seat and even more comfortable for sleeping. They really needed to work on the soft product. Finally, they are doing just that. R.B has to invest so VS can go back to its former glory if not, the really have no strong place at LHR.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7): Is it too hairy to take photos in Lagos terminal areas?
For flights leaving in the morning and early afternoon, at the international terminal, its not too bad. It can actually be very convenient. But in the evening, its a nightmare. The terminal is usually overcrowded. I once spent almost an hour queuing for immigrations and security in the priority line. The new domestic terminal is really nice. Spacious and very modern. The terminal Arik uses (the general aviation terminal), is a nightmare all day long.
Quoting caleb1 (Reply 8): Really enjoyed your report. I look forward to reading your next submission.
Thank you very much! I am planning a euro trip and star alliance RTW trip this summer. If everything goes as planned, I will definitely post reports on those