Some people say that looking at the weather one special day at the beginning of the year will predict the weather for months to come. I don't believe in that; and I certainly hope it doesn't apply to flying. The map below shows my flights the last couple of weeks; all I wanted was a Christmas holiday!
Returning from Norway to Nice in the beginning of January is an extreme sport by all definitions: it involves snow; high altitudes and stuff that needs to be perfectly timed. When flight #1 in a series of 3 is delayed, you know you're in for an entertaining afternoon ;-)
Making a long story short, I've now spent a night in Frankfurt Airport, as one of the last weather-delayed passengers Lufthansa will ever buy a hotel-room. According to Ze Very "friendly" (in a German way, I'm sure) transfer desk agent, SAS hadn't properly informed Lufhansa that they had rerouted a couple of additional passengers on to their flights, hence the last Lufthansa flight for Nice departed 2 minutes before a couple of Oslo-originating passengers arrived the gate... Furthermore, according to her the airlines aren't obliged to provide housing for stranded passengers that have been delayed for weather reasons, and
Luftwaffe Lufthansa is stopping doing this the next couple of days. Enough said about choosing them for next time...
Fun fun fun.
Happy new travelling year! Fingers crossed for less trouble in the year to come!
Anders Jacobsen |