T-Minus 9

  • Panic starts to set in
  • Doubt about the routes raises its head
  • Plan various alternatives for both the way down and the way back
  • Begin to wonder where I’ve left that large stack of Euros from years ago

Weekend jolly

I’m trying to put together a little trip to Granada, for this weekend.

The problem is that I am very restricted in how much time I can take off from work on Friday (none) and Monday/Tuesday (none at all).

So I’m looking at flights out on Saturday, and return flights on Sunday.

Here are my destination airport options:

Granada
This airport does not have direct flights to/from the UK.

If I caught a flight from LHR at 11am Saturday, I could get in to Granada at 5.30pm after one stop – and a total elapsed travel time of five hours. I would have to pick up a hire car and drive to my destination – a cool 1h 45m away.

The return journey would put me on a flight out of Granada at 1.45pm the next day, and would get me back to LHR – after one stop – at 5.20pm.

That’s not much time on the ground – especially when you factor in the hire car to/fro journeys and making it to departures in the advanced time that the airline demands.

Almeria
At least this airport has direct flights to/from the UK – even though they’re EasyJet.

If I catch a flight from LGW at 6.20am I would get to Almeria at 10.10am. I’d have to pick up a hire car and drive to the village, which, from Almeria, would get me to my destination around noon.

But I would have to leave the village around 9pm, to drive back down to Almeria (two hours), to a hotel to spend the night, to ensure I returned my car and made it to departures in time to catch my return flight at 10.40am.

But this option would get me about 9 hours on the ground.

I’m not even going to look at using Malaga. I dislike that airport. And it is three hours’ drive away from my destination.

Anyway.

This is all a bit mentile, isn’t it?

Well maybe it is.

But it’s my daughter’s birthday.