Second episode from my ‘Trip Reports’, three more to go.
Destination: Surabaya, East Java WARR
Flight: Mandala Airlines RI 565
This is the gate of Ngurah Rai Airport. Only one parking gate is open in the early hour and you can imagine cars queuing up just to enter the airport, a shame to Indonesia’s best airport.
The domestic terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport has been extended but it’s not final yet. More progress is coming up but I don’t know when. After that, I walked into the terminal and went through the airport security check. Checked-in done, went to toilet for a while (nasty toilet) and headed to the second floor to pay the airport tax. Passed through the security check again and trying to find a seat in the small waiting lounge.
Denpasar’s domestic terminal waiting lounge is really poor. You could smell cigarettes almost anywhere even though there is smoking lounges. Insufficient seats as well as dirty terminals. I can’t wait for the further extension project to start.
This is Mandala’s plane Airbus A320-200 but this is not the plane I’m going to board. The plane is going to Yogyakarta. The plane I took has the same livery, same type just different registration which I did not manage to find out.
I didn’t get a window seat so I only managed to get a cabin shot during the flight. Fortunately, I had a nice person sitiing next to me. I believe he is a frequent traveller on this sector. Mandala’s flight schedule to Jogja (the other spelling of Yogyakarta) is different by 15 minutes from their flight to Surabaya. Imagine the chaos it could be. There’s only three gates in Ngurah Rai’s domestic terminal, Gate 15, 16, 17 and 18 (but I’ve never been through this gate before so ignore this). Gate 15 and 16 is just next to each other and imagine if both Mandala flights being called up. What will happen? For your information, Mandala only uses gate 15 and 16. That’s what the person sat next to me said.
That’s my trip report for now, next is TR is to Suramadu Bridge. Apologise for the poor quality.