So, firstly, this isn't a specific trip report, more one about the run of bad luck I've had on my last five trips. I've been a frequent traveller now for around 23 years and until the middle of last year, I'd copped for a couple of short delays but now, I'm really thinking it's time for 'stay cations'!
In July last year, we were due to fly LH from ATH-FRA-EDI : we boarded on time in ATH but then a fault in the Munich ATC delayed our departure by 70 minutes and upon approach to FRA, we were advised that EDI pax had been rebooked onto the following days flight. Upon arrival in FRA, the flight to EDI was also delayed so we could easily have made it, however, the rebooking wheels were already in motion, and we watched our flight to EDI leave without us. We were treated to an overnight stay in a grotty hotel and arrived home 19 hours late!
In October, we were flying A3 from LHR-ATH-JMK. Our departure was inexplicably delayed leaving LHR by 90 minutes, making our 90 minute connection in ATH look highly unlikely. We arrived in ATH where, to cut a long story short, we stumbled across the most unhelpful staff on the planet. We had arrived with just 6 minutes to go, yet despite our JMK flight being delayed by 25 minutes, thanks to the complete lack of assistance to expedite our passage through customs and security, we missed the bus to the remote stand by seconds and ended up in the Sofitel ATH in preparation for the early flight the following morning. Ironically, our bags did in fact make the connection and landed in JMK well ahead of us. We arrived some 12 hours later than planned then spent 45 minutes waiting to be reunited with our luggage.
In December, we were booked to fly EDI-AMS-VIE. Upon arrival at EDI, we were greeted by the news that all bar one KLM flights from EDI that day were cancelled due to weather in AMS. Having queued for 2 hours at the Servisair ticket counter waiting to be rebooked, yet only advancing around 20% of our way up the queue, we decided to make our own arrangements, and spent £1000 for 2 singles with BA via LHR. We made our way to the gate where we waited for around 90 minute, watching as a group of engineers peered into the fan of the 767's no 2 engine. Minutes later came the announcement that that flight was cancelled too! We ended up rebooked onto the next flight and next connecting flight, finally arriving in VIE 7 hours late.
In January, our flight from GLA-STN was delayed by an hour due to an ATC strike in France causing delays to the aircraft earlier in the day.
And now, today, as I sit in seat 1A of my flight to LHR, we've been told there's a slot delay of 70 minutes, just long enough to ensure we miss our connection in to BCN .... the irony is that until Tuesday this week, we were to have travelled via LCY but that flight was cancelled due to the strike by IB ground staff who handle many of the BA flights in Spain.
I really do think it might be time to give travelling a break!
Have any of you folks had similar runs of bad luck?