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  • Tracey 218 posts

    Hope you make it Tracy, it will be worth it when you get there!

    Tracy 315 posts

    Thank you @Tracey, great name by the way but think you have spelt it wrong 😂

    AJA 1,129 posts

    Good luck @Tracy. Hope you make it. It’s not yet worth cancelling.

    strickers 718 posts

    This a bit like ‘Free Polly’ but instead it’s ‘Evacuate Tracy’. Fingers crossed.

    Michael C 704 posts

    This a bit like ‘Free Polly’ but instead it’s ‘Evacuate Tracy’. Fingers crossed.

    Hoping against hope it all works out, it’s definitely been the most
    nerve-racking “live” adventure since the days of “Tenko” Polly!!

    NorthernLass 8,224 posts

    @Tracy, there’s a thread on FT about LHR delays/cancellations which is being updated continually:

    https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/2103698-11-12-dec-london-delays-cancellations-freezing-fog.html

    But yes, even my OH has asked if Tracy from Edinburgh has made it to LHR yet 😂
    Tenko Polly, lol! Showing our age, @Michael! My mum loved that, we weren’t allowed to disturb her under any circumstances when it was on.

    Tracy 315 posts

    @MichaelC, certainly felt nerve wracking at 9.30pm last night after being stuck in the plane on the runway since 7.30pm for it to then be cancelled and head to baggage reclaim for the 2nd time in one day…

    Tracy 315 posts

    Ok, I get the hint…..less is more. But I love my self involved drama 😂

    SamG 1,683 posts

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the flight is showing an ETA into LCY of 15:32 which is going to breach the min connect time of LCY-LHR of 3hrs 30mins. However it is completely doable in reality so hopefully the system won’t bump you off or you can get back on the flight at LHR

    Tracy 315 posts

    @SamG, yes saw that, on hold on phone to BA….

    NorthernLass 8,224 posts

    Don’t worry @Tracy, this is very helpful for those of us on similar itineraries this week! At least we only have to get to the USA and have 3 weeks to play with but we may well have to be creative about getting to LHR if things continue like this. One of my friends spent 14 hours at MAN on Saturday and never got to her Xmas markets which sounds like the very definition of purgatory …

    🤞 you make your connection.

    SamG 1,683 posts

    I see the flight is now boarding – @Tracy are you onboard? Did you speak to BA?

    Tracy 315 posts

    @SamG, after MANY phone calls to BA, mainly HUACA. We were given standby seats on 1.50 to LHR. It is delayed but hopefully will arrive in time for connection and bags are right through to MLE. Most stressful part was requesting bags to be offloaded from LCY flight. Waited ages & ran to checkin & through security again. I am knackered 😂.

    SamG 1,683 posts

    Phew! That sounds like a much more sensible option. Fingers crossed it goes smoothly from here onwards

    Tracy 315 posts

    Thanks @Northernlass, I’m sure you everything will be fine for your travels. 3 weeks sounds fab, enjoy…
    14 hrs @ MAN 😱. At least I’ve been to Edinburgh twice & Glasgow once, change of scenery 🙂

    Angelamc11 195 posts

    Fingers crossed you make it to Male xx

    meta 1,470 posts

    I feel for you @Tracy. I am currently stuck in Amsterdam. Flight to Heathrow cancelled tonight and I have another flight tomorrow afternoon at 1:30pm to see my parents whom I haven’t see for the last seven months due to work in Japan.

    I have been rebooked tomorrow at 7:30am and need to dash home to pick up luggage (all packed up) and then back to Heathrow.

    Tracy 315 posts

    @meta, that sucks….hope all goes well with your early doors flight tomorrow….enjoy your night in Amsterdam 🙂
    Couldn’t write this rubbish…..sitting on the tarmac at Edi. Flight to LHR delayed as no baggage handlers & plane needs deiced afterwards….good chance I’m gonna miss the 6.20 to MLE tonight anyway 😢

    SamG 1,683 posts

    Nooo. not looking good unless you get moving soon, though usually they turn off some of the “chucking off” algorithms – no security coming in from a domestic so you’d make it if you can get on a stand and off the plane by 5.30 or so.

    SamG 1,683 posts

    As it stands there are 3 seats left on Sri Lankan via Colombo or 2 seats left on Emirates via Dubai. Flight connections can rebook onto other airlines, as can the call centre if there is a big queue – try getting through whilst queuing!

    Tracy 315 posts

    Thanks @SamG, very helpful info….will do exactly that
    I can’t see those flights….just Singapore airlines

    SamG 1,683 posts

    SQ looks full (and would get you there much later, it’s really a long way around!)

    SamG 1,683 posts

    Results from ExpertFlyer.com

    Flight Availability Search
    Departing LHR on 12/12/22 12:00 AM for MLE
    Connecting at DXB
    Exclude Codeshares
    Point of Sale: UK

    1 Connection
    EK 6 0 LHR DXB 388 Daily F0 A0 J2 C0 I0 O0 H0 Y1 R0 M0 B0 U0 K0 Q0 L0 T0 V0 X0
    12/12/22 10:00 PM 12/13/22 8:45 AM 61% / 19m
    EK 660 0 DXB MLE 77W Daily F0 A0 J2 C0 I0 O0 H0 Y1 R0 M0 B0 U0 K0 Q0 L0 T0 V0 X0
    12/13/22 10:15 AM 12/13/22 3:30 PM 92% / 11m

    Results from ExpertFlyer.com

    Flight Availability Search
    Departing LHR on 12/12/22 12:00 AM for MLE
    Connecting at CMB
    Exclude Codeshares
    Point of Sale: UK

    Frequency
    Flight Stops Depart Arrive Aircraft Reliability Available Classes
    1 Connection
    UL 504 0 LHR CMB 333 Daily J3 C3 D3 I3 Y0 B0 P0 H0 K0 W0 M0 E0 L0 R0 V0 S0 N0 Q0 O0
    12/12/22 8:40 PM 12/13/22 12:35 PM 22% / 36m
    UL 115 0 CMB MLE 32B Daily J9 C9 D7 I6 Y9 B9 P9 H9 K9 W9 M9 E9 L9 R9 V9 S9 N9 Q0 O0
    12/13/22 1:30 PM 12/13/22 2:25 PM 51% / 21m

    Tracy 315 posts

    Thanks @SamG, taxiing just now 🤞

    Alex G 465 posts

    I really feel for Tracy. I would be so stressed out in that situation.

    I really hope Tracy makes it!

    Lessons for the rest of us?

    Am I right in thinking that she should have presented herself at EDI yesterday and made BA take care of her? If they were incurring costs for duty of care, they might have made more of an effort to get her to LHR in time for today’s flight?

    It really shouldn’t be touch and go whether she makes it today or not. If she doesn’t, then despite the weather I would have thought she should be able to claim compensation from BA, as (regardless of the weather) they haven’t made reasonable efforts to get her to LHR in time for her connection.

    With the new Amex 241 vouchers and pricing structure encouraging people to start their journeys in the provinces, I can see this happening more and more.

    Personally, I would try to plan an overnight stop at LHR at my own expense if booking a trip starting outside London, but then I’m very risk averse.

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