Sunday, January 17, 2010
Finally the time to come home had arrived. I got myself up painfully early so I would be at the airport with time to spare. Arriving at the airport I noticed to my dismay on the information boards that my flight had been moved back 2.5 hours which would make me miss my connection. Qantas had not bothered to contact people telling them the flight would be late or to even have staff out by the time passengers started to arrive. For a non-budget airline I consider that really bad customer service, even for a budget airline it would be pushing it. Thankfully even without any scales I had managed to get my baggage just under the weight limit (22.7kg of a 23kg limit) so didn't have any problems with that. Probably a good thing they didn't weigh my hand luggage.
The delay in leaving Singapore meant I had a 7 hour wait in Perth until the next flight through to Melbourne. Thankfully I had family members in Perth who I could catch up with in that time because Perth airport is not particularly exciting. The flight I was rescheduled to from Perth to Melbourne is often known as the Midnight Horror as it leaves very late at night, arrives very early in the morning and is not at all conductive to getting a rest. Since I'd been up since very early that morning but couldn't easily sleep on the plane due to noise from announcements being handed out it was a rather unpleasant flight. Finally I arrived at 6am Melbourne time. By then I was very happy to get out of planes and airports!