Well, after almost two months travelling around Colombia it was time to get back home. I really enjoyed these days downthere and probably next year I will repeat.
So, my flights back home today were 3. First, TK800 from Bogotá to Panamá. After a stop in Panama I will be flying again on TK800 on a 13 hours flight to Istanbul and from there, after a "short" connection of nearly 4 hours, I'll be flying to Barcelona on TK 1855.
The day started very early, at 5:00 when my alarm clock woke me up. I had a fast shower and after packing my last things, me and a friend, who was flying to Santa Marta, took a taxi to the airport at 5:45.
First lights of the day from the hostel door while waiting the taxi
It didn't take much time to get to El Dorado airport as it was friday morning and roads were quite empty at that time. So, at 6:15 I was at the check in counters of Turkish Airlines. Hopefully I arrived with some time, because it was full of people and it took quite long to Check my bag. Lots of people were wearing 4 or 5 bags today so it was everything very slow. After the check in it was time to pass the security and passport controls which were much faster. So I arrived at my gate just before the flight arrives on it's long flight from Istanbul.
From the gate
Oh, here it comes. TC-JNE today, much better than TC-JNC!
I just passed the time reading and soon boarding started, but nobody said anything about that. Flight wasn't full on this first sector (BOG-PTY) because most of the people coming from Istanbul ended here, in Colombia. Few people was boarding today so the flight was maybe 50% full on this first flight. Later it will be full. Okay, TC-JNE is an old plane also, but it's cabin has been recently improved and is much better than the one in the TC-JNC. PTV much more complete, USB charger, seats much better… That's a good cabin for a long flgiht like that.
Here there are some pics
AS the flight wasn't full and I had no one next to me I seated next to the window. Shortly after pushback started but it was quite long because we had to across all the airport.
Hey, there's the LAN's 787 coming from Santiago, I think
So we taxied to runway 13R. As I said, it took quite long and finally we took off at 9:45, half an hour later.
Bye bye Colombia
After taking off we turned to the right and headed to the north-west heading to Panama. We had some nice views from the suburbs before clouds covered the city.
Very soon seat belt signs were turned off and cabin crew started with the service. On this short haul you had the choose of a Small cheese sandwich or chocolate muffin. I also had an orange juice, so it was my breakfast. Wasn't bad. They also passed throught the cabin giving immigration forms of Panama for those who were finishing here.
After a few minutes we were descending again to Panama. Weather here is much different as in Bogota, so we had very nice views from the stormclouds and also from the little islands which I have to visit one day. ( I was thinking that while overflying them).
Seat belt was turned ON again and soon we landed in Panama after an hour and 10 minutes, as the captain expected.
We taxied to the gate and passengers travelling to Istanbul were requested to stay on Board. Workers from Panama cleaned the plane and prepare it for the long flight back to Istanbul.
Bogota - BOG
Tocumen - PTY
First of the two flights operating TK800 today. Short haul with a very nice service.
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