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Düsseldorf

My return flights from Athens

Winglet of KLM 737-800

Winglet of KLM 737-800

KLM departed 40 minutes late from Amsterdam, due to fog in London. The airplane had flown to London before the flight to Athens. The crew managed to make up some time after arriving in Athens, so we departed only 20 minutes late. This time it was an older Boeing 737-800 with winglets but without the tv-screens. During the flight the crew managed to make up the rest of the time by flying  a little bit faster and lower where they had less headwind, so we arrived at the scheduled arrival time. On board I had a hot sandwich with chicken and cheese and I sat on seat 5A. Information about the Customs at Schiphol will follow in my next post.

After a couple of hours I boarded my second flight (Fokker 70, seat 4A) of the day to Düsseldorf which had a flying time of only 30 minutes, but as usual we departed from the Polderbaan. The flight arrived on time in Düsseldorf where the airplane parked at the terminal, but we still had to go with a bus, that after driving us around the airport, dropped us off a few hundred meters were we started.

Back-up for my flight from DUS

KLM back-up airplane for my flight

KLM back-up airplane for my flight

This time I drove by car to Düsseldorf Airport.

As you can see on the image KLM has a back-up plane standing by at Düsseldorf, so if they have a problem I won’t miss my connection. 😉

Actually the early flight was cancelled due to a technical problem.

The flight with a Fokker 70 to Amsterdam was very smooth and I could see all the traffic jams of the morning rush hour.

We arrived at Schiphol at runway 36R(ight).

KLM Flight to Düsseldorf

My last hop of my trip was the short flight to Düsseldorf.
The plane left the gate on time and with a flying time of just 30 minutes I had enough time to get my luggage and my train.

To Lisbon Airport

My alarm clock went early in the morning, so I would be on time for my flight to the Schiphol (Amsterdam) and then to Düsseldorf.
I packed my last things and went downstairs to check out at the reception. After checking out the man at the reception called a taxi at 5:30 hours, that early there is no public transport to the airport. The taxi arrived (quick) 1 minute later and brought me in less than 15 minutes to the airport and costed less than 10 euros.

My next city trip: Athens

My next trip is booked and planned, this time to the east of Europe. The Greek capital Athens is my next destination.
This time it is 4 flights with KLM from Düsseldorf to Athens via Amsterdam.

Tips about my city trip to Athens are welkom.

Air France Lounge Düsseldorf

The lounge at Düsseldorf International Airport is nothing special. Where is no WIFI and snacks are very limited.
But it has a nice view over the runways if it is not foggy.

Air France Lounge Düsseldorf

The lounge at Düsseldorf International Airport is nothing special. Where is no WIFI and snacks are very limited.
But it has a nice view over the runways if it is not foggy.

The first leg of my journey

Venlo StationThe first leg of my journey is a 2 hours train ride to the Düsseldorf International Airport. I will cross the border and switch trains at Venlo. In Venlo they change the current of the tracks. Dutch trains are powered by 1500 Volts DC (Direct current) and the German trains use 15.000 Volts AC (alternating current).

The train ride went quite well, in spite of an accident between Breda and Tilburg in The Netherlands. The German train had 10 minutes delay, but I have made my train change in Düsseldorf HB.