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The very cool "smartphone" type TV screens on airbaltic

I've come to believe that God punishes me for all my sins in life by letting me fly through Gatwick. Over the last 10 years, so much has changed in my life - good, bad, ups, downs, etc. The one thing that's been consistent is how sh*t and inefficient this airport is. And needless to say, every time I connect through Gatwick, they're always shuffling airlines and terminals.

I left that London that morning in the wee hours of the day. yes, wee hours. 4am! The Easybus pulled up at 440a and I was in Gatwick by 6a. I schlepped it to the N terminal and caught the train to the S terminal from where my airbaltic would depart. Their counter hadnt opened yet and I was so darn sleepy - sat around there waiting for it to open (seating is so pathetic here).

The very cool "smartphone" type TV screens on airbaltic
It finally did, by 7a. I checked in and  thought I could use the BA lounge as airbaltic codeshares this flight with BA. But turns out that they'd let me use the lounge only if I were flying a oneworld or oneworld codeshare flight. Shame!

headed to Pret, bought myself something to eat (and something for the flight) and whiled away my time for a good hour or so. Did some window shopping and eventually headed to the gate. LGW is so crowded,  and seeing as it's LCC disneyworld, you're often surrounded by riff raff  unlike LHR that has a more genteel crowd in comparison. 

My flight was full! The queue itself spilt out of the boarding area into the neighbouring gate (where they were boarding for Faro, Portugal) and several of those passengers joined our queue! LOL We had to tell them that we were headed to Latvia.

Anyway, the plane was a brilliant CJ2000, you could tell  it was new. I  liked the ipod style screens  instead of the traditional big ones. Flight departed and I was all set for my first trip to the Baltics. Read my Latvia blog here

Ils1976 says:
reading about all that flying makes me wanna leave right now ... to a sunny place as it is raining cats and dogs in Belgium at the moment! :D
Posted on: Aug 20, 2017
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