Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - Repeated
19.12.2017 - 19.12.2017
After a restful night in the hotel we went down for breakfast. Checked with the front desk regarding the status of our flight to Buenos Aires. We were advised that it is scheduled for a 20:15 departure. The airline has approved a late check-out until 12:00. Spent some time catching up on Emails and checked out at 11:30. Shuttle bus to the airport and sat around until the departure gate was announced. For some strange reason the flight was still dated the day it was due to fly. Very strange.
Spent the last of the Kiwi currency we had in the wallet and moved to Gate 5 for an expected departure of 20:15. An aircraft parked at the gate and passengers disembarked, Flight crew for our flight arrived and sat waiting for them to go aboard and prepare for our embarkation. At 19:45 someone discovered that the cleaners had not been scheduled to clean the aircraft. A flurry of staff arrived and the announcement was made that there would be a 50 minute delay to the departure.
The flight left at about 21:00 NZ time and arrived in Buenos Aires about 17:20 Argentine time. After crossing the International Date Line we have now landed before we took off and have had a double day. As a result of yesterday's strike there are planes and people everywhere. There are no vacant gates and we are held for about 20 minutes. There were long queues at passport control, long delays at baggage collection and wall to wall people in the arrivals hall. Didn’t have much faith that the driver with name card would be there. Oh !! What a relief, he was there and drove us to the hotel through dense traffic.
Hotel is very classy and the area looks to be clean and “safe”. The activities that had been booked in Buenos Aires for Tuesday have all been cancelled. It was great to strip off and lay down.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony