Adventures in a very small airport

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Every one checking in.

When we arrived at the airport in Kiruna, we found out our flight was delayed 5 hours because of mechanical problems in London! Yep, I said five hours!! It seems the plane that was suppose to be here to pick us up, broke down in London. So they sent a plane from Stockholm to London with the needed parts to make the repairs, and to pick up the passengers stuck there. Then the plane that delivered these parts flew from London back to Stockholm, unloaded the London passengers and luggage then, loaded up with new passengers and luggage coming to Kiruna.

The twins! :D
Now being stuck in a large airport for that amount of time might be ok, but this airport is tiny, and has one gift shop that was not open, and one restaurant. Luckily the restaurant had some pretty good food available and served beer, wine and other adult drinks :) The gift shop did open for about 30-45 minutes, but I guess the girl only comes in to open when there is a flight coming through.

SAS, the airline we are flying with, gave each passenger a voucher for 100sek for our trouble, but we had to use it at this airport. Basically it was dinner money. Lena and I held off eating for a couple hours, and then got a bit to eat and a couple drinks. Good thing we had a big, late lunch! The time actually went by faster than I thought it would thanks to a pair of young twin Swedish boys named Ville & Ludde, and a few other small children playing and making the best of it. All the kids were very well behaved, even the twin boys who were having a great time running around and playing with all the other kids. They were very funny to watch, as were some of the other kids who were all very cute. One thing about boys that age, if you laugh at something they do, and they notice you laughing at them, they do it again, usually to a greater extreme!! Thanks boys, you made our time go by much quicker and more enjoyable!

Finally, just after 8:00pm, our plane arrived. After the passengers & luggage were all off, we boarded and around 8:45pm, were headed to Stockholm! The flight was quiet, even with all the young children on board. Guess all the running around they did wore them out and they fell asleep quickly. Next stop, Stockholm and hopefully a train to Gävle.

 

marksreynolds says:
I should have run video on them!!
Posted on: Jan 06, 2010
missandrea81 says:
I'm glad those boys entertained you. haha
Posted on: Jan 05, 2010
sylviandavid says:
Airport waits always go fast for us... we are people watchers like you and Lena
Posted on: Jan 05, 2010
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Every one checking in.
Every one checking in.
The twins! :D
The twins! :D
Front of the airport
Front of the airport
The tower is even decorated.
The tower is even decorated.
Lena having a glass of wine before…
Lena having a glass of wine befor…
The restaurant inside the airport …
The restaurant inside the airport…
We both got fish & chips. It was v…
We both got fish & chips. It was …
The restaurant inside the airport …
The restaurant inside the airport…
Lena resting while we wait for our…
Lena resting while we wait for ou…
We checked in at 1500 (3:00pm) but…
We checked in at 1500 (3:00pm) bu…
Finally boarding the plane!
Finally boarding the plane!
Lena boading our plane taking us b…
Lena boading our plane taking us …
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