Today is a hot day, temperatures about 30C. The coach picked us up from our hotel at 11am. We circled around town picking up people along the way and arrived at the airport, 5kms away, just after 11:30 with a full coach-load.
We collected our bags and then the fun started. We queued outside the building waiting to join the queue inside the building. Thomas Cook reps took the families with small children inside first. This seemed to be most of the coach load.
The remnants of the outside queue, us and 6 others, were eventually allowed to join the inside the building queue, and slowly we shuffled to the checkin desk.
At the checkin desk we were given boarding cards, and bag tags for our checked bags. Then we took our checked bags, complete with bag tags, to the X-ray machine queue.
From there we walked to the other end of the terminal building to join the even smaller security queue and made our way through security to the departure lounge.
An hour and a half later we’re sitting in the departure lounge waiting for our opportunity to join the passport control queue. This one grows and shrinks with each successive departure.
As our departure time approaches the Passport Control person disappears (yes, just the one). Tempers are fraying, particularly with the people waiting to board the now late flight before ours who are still trying to get through to their plane.
The Passport Control person returns 2 minutes after our scheduled departure time and we go through to the boarding area to join the “boarding the bus” queue. Outside, and it’s still very warm.
After 15 minutes we get to the plane and, an hour after the scheduled departure time, we’re finally off.