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This is a short FR on a trip to France back in the Summer of 2021. While the MAD-PAR hop is quite popular on FR, this is not the case on the English section, so I share it for encyclopedic reasons.
The Pandemic was starting to wind down, and Europe was starting to recover its previous lifestyle. Vaccinations were still not widespread, and while the EU Covid Passport was starting to be implemented, since I was not vaccinated (and more than 3 months had passed since my las positive test) I had to take a PCR test.
During this summer, AENA reactivated the T123 complex, but all flights were handled from T1 as there were checks on arrival.
As delays were expected on check-in, I made it to the terminal at 3:30 AM, hoping to make it before chaos broke loose.
Upon entry I was optimistic…
But no…there was a queue already. BTW, AF/KL have respective flights to CDG and AMS at the same time. Handling was chaotic with so many connecting passengers….it took me almost 2 hours to clear it.
I made it with barely enough time for the boarding time
Outside, it was pitch dark…and not much movement in sight. No visit to the VIP lounge as it was not open at that hour.
Unfortunately, we were to be bussed to the plane… without much movement at boarding time either.
At least it wasn't cold outside (July in Madrid, come on!) and I had some interesting views…
This was my first time riding AF's A32X fleet. Compared to KLM, Transavia and Iberia, it was better than expected.
Once boarding was completed, lights were off…
We taxied on to RWY 36R
The sun rose as we took off, providing nice views of Madrid's northern suburbs and Castille.
But nearing the bay of Biscay, clouds brought all views to naught
I felt like reading a bit, while we got our service (again, unexpected). Just a croissant and OJ, nothing extraordinary…but when your standard is IB, well, this is golden!
The KL flight to AMS that left at the same time as us
Cruising over France
But over Paris it was cloudy…so no views
We docked to T2F
We were then directed to immigration queues. The policeman asked me what were my plans in France and if I had come from Colombia or Spain.
Then he let me through
Compared to IB's regular product, AF pandemic (and even post-pandemic) product was great. Intra-European flights tend to be pretty boring...but at least AF still provides decent seating and some catering, this makes a huge difference. That is why I still consider AF when planning my trips.
MAD was chaotic back then, and AF/KL's ground handler was quite inefficient with check in and boarding controls. This was the only dark spot for the experience.
CDG was okay. There were border controls, but nothing frustrating. Then, the ride on the RER to central Paris, where I met my friends and hung around.
Thanks for reading, saludos!