After an amazing three weeks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, it was time to leave.
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Air Burkina flight to ORY
After a farewell drink we said good bye to our host families at started to file into the airport…which was a big pain. First you get your passport and itinerary looked at before you even enter the terminal to make sure you are on that flight. Then you check your bags and get your boarding pass. We all got our boarding passes and saw that boarding started at 8:15pm even though our flight left at 10:45pm…we would soon find out why. Then there is a glass door with a lady holding a stack of papers but doesn’t tell you what they are for. When she says you can pass, there are three guys putting the AF
“carry-on bag” things on people’s bags.
Then you go to passport control where they tell you that you need to fill out the paper that the lady was holding. So you go back fill it out then go back to get your exit stamp. Then you dodge the crazy bugs while waiting to go through the metal detector. Before that there was a table with two ladies. One would look at your boarding pass say your seat number and the other would mark it out on a sheet. Then you go though the metal detector. After that you are in the “lounge”. Since boarding already started we waited in line. Before you got on the bus to go to the plane, there is a long hallway with about 8 tables and you got your carry on bag hand searched and lastly you get “wanded” with the hand metal detector. It was ridiculous (but we figured for such a poor country they are just creating jobs for people).
Taking photographs in Burkinabé airports is forbidden so I didn’t want to risk it inside the airport.
Our bus left the terminal and then we arrived at our plane.
July 14, 2007
Aircraft: A330 (F-GZCA)
Arrive: 6:15am (+1 Day)
On the bus coming up to the plane
On the stairs
We waited about another 30 minutes or so before the announcement was made that everyone was onboard and we would take off on time! Then the announcement was made that “due to international law” they had to spray the cabin. About 5 minutes later a F/A is walking up and down the aisles with two aerosol cans (spraying what we thought to be deet). Once that mess settled and we could all breath again, I saw the Air Burkina flight from ORY
arrive. A few minutes later we started our taxi to the end of the runway while the safety video played. Once that was finished, the engines roared and had a powerful takeoff.
Looking over Ouagadougou (sorry for the VERY bad quality)
A few minutes after the seatbelt sign was it was announced that we would be getting dinner. I would have preferred breakfast but whatever. Dinner consisted of (this is the only time I saved the menu):
Pesto Pasta Salad
Sauté of lamb with thyme jus accompanied by semolina and sautéed zucchini
- or -
Fillet of monkfish with lemon, Burkina Faso green beans and potatoes
Seasonal fruit salad
I took the lamb which was excellent. The pasta and fruit salad were gross and the chocolate cake was decent.
have catering facilities at the airport??
The flight was very smooth the entire way.
Right after dinner I fell asleep and woke up with about an hour till landing.
A bad picture of Paris in the background
Landing was nice but with my luck I wasn’t facing the terminal (it was parallel to 2A, 2C, 2E)
For some reason we parked at 2F (is there a difference between the two 2F’s) and not 2C as stated in the itinerary.
Arrival at 2F
Before exiting the jetway, we had our passports checked and then again at passport control, then again at customs!