Monday, March 31, 2008

A seasoned traveler’s rant Part 2

The thing about cheap flights is that, they are cheap. Well, compared to other airlines of course. One may think that it is smart to travel the so-called no-frills flight especially to countries like Indonesia. But when you paid so little, does it mean that your comfort and time is compromised, if not jeopardized? What is it about Air Asia and delayed flights anyway? This was my first time flying Air Asia and I know that delays are expected. If you are flying say from Penang to KL and there’s delay for half an hour or so, then I think it is still acceptable because you are still in the same country and time zone. But imagine if you’re from Jakarta, which is 1 hour behind, on a Sunday night. And you have work on Monday.

That was what exactly happened to me two weekends ago. My flight to KL was supposed to be at 820pm but around 2pm in the afternoon, Air Asia sms-ed us informing that the flight was retimed to freaking 11pm. Three bloody hours. We have already checked out of our hotel and shopping can only be done until 5 as the shops close at 5pm. We were basically stranded at the hotel lobby. When we got to the airport, after checking in and whatnot, we waited in the departure lounge for more than an hour. Bloody hell. The flight wasn’t even there yet. They gave us free food as compensation. But who would want to eat it anyway as I’m sure most people would have taken their dinner earlier before checking in. The flight finally arrived from God-knows-where but we have to wait for the passengers to disembark, their luggage out, our luggage in, taxiing forever as if the runway is so damn big yada yada yada and finally we took off at 12am. That is 1am Malaysia time. The flight took 2hours and finally landed at the God-forsaken LCCT at 3am local time. By the time I reach home, it was 5-ish. And I had to go to work at 9. It does not help that it’s a Monday.

Note to self: If I ever travel by Air Asia again, I shall take the earlier flights so as not to be in the same predicament.

Note to others: If you have an urgent meeting/appointment and whatnot which require you to fly, try to take other flights. But if you have no choice but Air Asia, plan well. Take the earlier flight or better still, fly a day earlier. Don’t take chances. Seriously.

The only delayed flight.

The food they gave us

7 comments:

Malicious Mind said...

hi izyan. I had similar experience with u also. From JB to KK and since then, i never took Airasia. like u said, cheap but menyusahkan..

anyway, you've been tagged..take care :)

Izyan Darling said...

exactly. unreliable el-cheapo flight. what's with air asia and delayed flights kan? kalau sekali sekala takpe. ini most, if not all the time ada delay. sabar je laa...
oh, i've tagged u as well. =)

eyzzah said...

Izyan, i pernah makan Hoka Hoka bento kat Jakarta. I suka sangat Hoka Hoka Bento.

Izyan Darling said...

sedap ke? i xmakan pun food tu sebab we had KFC before checking in.

eyzzah said...

Yesss, i suka sangat Hoka Hoka bento. I pegi kedai die. Banyak choice. Kedai tu pulak kedai kawan ayah i. So, makan ape yang u nak makan for free. Hahahaha.

Izyan Darling said...

oh no wonder la. bestnya. i xberkesempatan try pun. i kat sana makan makanan indon la. even gerai tepi jalan pun i g makan. hehe.

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