Lundunn Citeee Fiasco

0730 in’t mornin and the phone drives away the last vestiges of sleep.

It’s the office, can allatsea go to Vlissingen East and look interested and that sort of thing?

Yes, when? Now they say.

Bugger.

Closest and easiest airport to use is London City. Use it frequently, it’s busy but good. Few numpty holiday makers use it and pax are generally focussed, sharp and expeditious at travelling. A joy…almost.

 

Sadly LCY lost its way this week, outbound on Tuesday and inbound on Wednesday.

Tuesday an automatic and un-verified fire alarm caused a mass evacuation (just as allatsea had put his bag on the security belt….seethe) that caused hassle, delay and general hatred at the ineptness of the tickbox management incident plan and signal lack of fire, smoke, heat, smell, explosion or sparks. Even the fire brigade (which turned up en-masse ) looked cheesed with it all, they turned round and left less than 2 minutes of arriving. Those that appeared to be directing operations looked hopelessly out of their depth and confused. Deep effing JOY!!!

 

The following day coming back, the small SAAB 340 from Rotterdam was forced to ‘Hold’ for 15 minutes because there was no parking available on the apron, then after landing they had to find a tug to push the hairyplane into its parking position and then once off, there was a 100 metre queue to get to the queue for immigration. Every other metre of the queue had a notice on the wall warning us  vicious passengers that ‘abuse’ would not be tolerated. Well LCY, what about the ABUSE and maltreatment you were dishing out to your customers? Why do you tolerate that? We’ll never know ……sigh and shrug and huff and that. All in all LCY, NIL Points.

 

Anyway, as a way of self appeasement and soul curing (ahem), allatsea ritt a luvverly poem.

It will cleanse even the meanest, angriest streak in all readers.

 

London City Airport

You are crap and shit

I’m writing my Christmas card list

You are not on it.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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