About an hour - EDI
CitiExpress due to adverse weather conditions. After one go round and a second attempt we diverted to Birmingham about 100 miles away.
Quest For £100 Note: BA SOU-EDI-(SOU)BHX (w/ Pics) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 28 2005 in Trip Reports)
Also had a rather long hold coming back from CPT
a couple of months ago. We circled somewhere over SE
London and the again to the west of the airfield. The cabin had been secured for landing so PTVs were stowed which meant I was completely disorientated. My curiousity got the better of me and I ended up getting it out again very discretely.
BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports)
|Quoting Radelow (Thread starter):|
I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so.
It is so inevitable on the US-UK that this happens. You arrive early but never make it out the airport any quicker due to:
-ATC weren't expecting you so you circle somewhere over the outskirts of London as it is too busy to fit you in.
-Terminal Ops aren't expecting you so there are no gates available so you end up being parked on a remote stand
-What you've arrived early? We'll need to send busses...but they are dealing with other flights
On a few flights out of IAD
projected crossing time has been faster than scheduled so the pilot informed up BA
Ops asked for the aircraft to sit on the stand for 40 mins killing time! One time a number of passengers grumbled about it but the fact is they are going to be on the aircraft for the same amount of time either way whether it be in the ground or in the air or a holding pattern...
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