Not sure if this counts, but air-travel may only be a part of getting to our actual destination.
Weather or maintenance-items usually create delays in our travel-plans, but twice they actually speeded up my trips.
Back in the spring of '83 I had to go from Toronto to Oslo , the last leg being with SAS from JFK
, with a DC-10 that normally would fly into GRM/ENGM -which is now called OSL
. (a 45min. car ride from my parent's home which was 10min. from FBU
) Back then Oslo's main airport was FBU
Looking out the window on approach to GRM, I could see only gray nothingness, until I felt a huge power-increase and the plane pulling up, -at the same time that I could see trees under us!
-After coming up on top of the fog, it was announced that the airplane had aborted the landing due to visibility and our options were to divert to FBU
(if we could beat the fog that was rapidly rolling in there too) or go to ARN
which actually was the end stop of the flight.
On the downwind-leg to FBU
, I could see half the runway already shrouded with fog, and after a carrier-style approach we touched down, the brakes and the reversers only coming on after we had rolled into the fog.
Since my dad was at GRM to meet me, I just took a taxi to his house and beat him there by at least an hour.
The other time it happened to me was a few years later, this time going back to YYZ
with SABENA and Air Canada.
Getting to the airport in BRU
early in the morning after spending a great night in the city, we were told the flight was cancelled since the incoming plane was still sitting in YMX
after being hit by a catering-truck.
-But if we wanted, they could fly us to AMS and we could catch the direct KLM flight to YYZ!
-End of story was that we got into YYZ
about 2 hours before our actual arrival-time with Air Canada,
-and we missed the bus-ride between YMX
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