Friday, June 6, 2008

How to Run an Airport

Everytime I have visited Frankfurt Airport it has amazed me. I begin to wonder how they manage to run things so smoothly in a place where tens of thousands of people are working in such a vast area, with every minute at least four planes landing and equal number of flights taking off at peak hours. The Five Bays spread into the two terminals, with over 250 gates.... it is enormous by any size. On 31st morning after a short visit to the mother and parents-in-law of Dr. Erich, we met the Missionaries of Charity sisters at Frankfurt. With a brief lunch we reached the airport at 2.30 p.m, well ahead of our departure to Vienna.

Once we were in the plane, all ready to depart, the captain suddenly announced that he found that the hydraulic system in the plane was malfunctioning! So, we disembarked from the plane and we were arranged to fly by another plane with a different crew, and we were just late by one hour only. That is fantastic! Even in normal circumstances many of our planes fly late and arrive late. We reached our destination by 8.00 p.m. on the last day of May.

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