|A view of Calcutta from the plane|
Flying in Asia has been unexpectedly wonderful! So far we have taken 13 flights in Asia. Not a single one has been delayed more than ten minutes. Most leave and arrive early. Many of the airports have been beautiful - Singapore, Bangkok, and Delhi in particular. Other than having to work hard to make our way off the plane amidst some aggressive jostling by other passengers, it has been a really pleasant experience.
Last week flying from Sri Lanka to Guwahati airport in Assam, India we had a pretty exceptional experience. We had booked what we feared was an impossible connection (but it was the only way to get from Sri Lanka to Guwahati in one day).
Flight 1: Sri Lanka to Chennai, India (departing at 3:50 a.m.) - 1 hour, 25 minute layover
- No problem, even needing to clear customs, retrieve our bags, and recheck them.
Flight 2: Chennai to Calcutta- 25 minute layover
- We expected that we wouldn't even make this connection and definitely not our bags, so we packed our carry-ons with everything we would need for the weekend. To our surprise, when we landed in Calcutta and stepped onto the jetway we were met by a bus and taken directly to the Guwahati flight. But what about our bags? They had us stand beside the plane for a minute or two until a tractor arrived with our connecting bags. We identified our bags and then hopped on the plane. Amazing!!!
Flight 3 - Calcutta to Guwahati: We landed a few minutes early!
|Sara identifying our bags at Calcutta International Airport|