Reason For Trip:
This time, a colleague and I had to go to Semarang for a short 5 hour trip to Semerang and returning to Jakarta the very same afternoon. How wrong was I going to be.
1 February 2008
Jakarta (CGK) – Semarang (SRG)
Airline: Garuda GA232
1st Flight: 11 August 1998
Flight time: 44mins
Cruise: 26000 feet
I times my arrival at the airport perfectly, as when I arrived at the check in counter, I had 30mins to go before my flight. I hope there will be no delays as the rain was starting to come down real hard in Jakarta.
I spent all my time after checking in at the Garuda Lounge.
Airside at CGK T2 Domestic
PK-GGQ (note the fast changing weather!)
My 1st time on board PK-GGQ which is one of the newer B733 in GA’s fleet, with its first flight in 1998. Nothing much to talk about on this short hop although the take off itself was real bumpy and for most of the way into Semarang too, due to storm clouds which are blanketing almost half of Java.
Cabin and food pics
It’s a full load in both J and Y. It was a quick and short flight but they still managed to serve some snacks. Service was polite and efficient as usual.
PK-GGQ on arrival at Semarang
The chaos that happened! Throughout my meeting, there was a tv on in the meeting room and I could see floods starting to build up all over Jakarta, and also from sms’s which my secretary and chauffeur have been sending to me. Semarang itself was about to have a heavy downpour. Alright, things only got worse when at around 11am, it was announce that CGK airport will be shut down mainly due to visibility was down to only 300m whereas the minimum safe visibility was supposed to be at 500m. After a quick lunch we still headed towards the airport to see what will happen with our flight (originally departing at 1450). When we got to the airport, naturally all flights that were posted on the screens were all showing delayed as CGK airport was still closed, and another amazing sight, Semarang is a small regional airport with parking for only 5 737 sized aircraft, but due to diversions, there were 12 aircraft already in Semarang! Well, I won’t go into details of the scenes at the check in counters. I realized that there is no point trying to find out when my flight will be delayed till as the situation in Jakarta was getting from bad to worse. So I calmly decided just to rebook us on the 0600 flight leaving the next day. Not a bad decision right? We even managed to get rooms at the Hotel Ciputra in downtown Semarang, only 1 problem. We had no change of clothes or toiletries as we were only prepared for a day trip!
2 February 2008
Semarang (SRG) – Jakarta (CGK)
Airline: Garuda GA231
1st Flight: 2 November 1993
Flight time: 51 mins
Cruise: 26000 feet
After a sleepless night in Semarang and getting back into my dirty clothes, we arrived at the airport at 0530, but was told the flight was delayed till 0745 which was expected as CGK was still overloaded with flights that were backlogged since the day before, and Jakarta was really flooded! Even the airport freeway was unaccessible, which meant a crazy 4 hour car ride home thru ‘kampungs’!
Primitive Check in area in Semarang
Great! Being a small airport, all my time was spent waiting at the GA lounge staring at the tv with news reports of the even worsening conditions in Jakarta
Small and boring GA lounge in Semarang
Walking to board PK-GWQ
By the time boarding was called, I was happy to finally be going home but I was also so tired that I slept all the way back till final approach into CGK where the winds and storm clouds really started to have a good going at the tiny B734! After a hard touchdown, I just braced myself for the very long ride in the car. Can’t imagine with the airport roads still closed what time I am going to have to leave for the airport for my 1830 MH flight on Tuesday.
Thanks again for reading guys!
Below are my Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest.
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)