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Getting to Sarajevo

A day in and between airports

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We got up early to catch the first flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, one of the airports in Cappadocia. Our shuttle driver seemed to be the only Turkish driver we’d come across between all of our tours and transfers who didn’t take narrow alleys at inordinate speeds and run red lights. Of all the times we could have used one of those crazy drivers it was then, but even though we were 45 minutes later than expected getting to the airport, we made our flight and landed in Istanbul only a few minutes late. We landed at the Sabiha Göcken airport on our cheap Pegasus Airlines flight and had to head to Atatürk airport to catch our flight to Sarajevo. We had 6 hours between the flights, so we took public transit from the eastern outskirts to the European side airport and saw the city for one last time. I still can’t believe what an amazing city it is.

When we got to the other airport we were a little worried when our flight wasn’t on the boards. When we asked at information, it turned out the Bosnian Airlines flight we were supposed to be on had been cancelled, and they told us to talk to Turkish airlines to see if we could get on their flight – the only other flight to Sarajevo that day – two hours later. We waited in a lot of lines and talked to a lot of people who really had no reason to care whether or not we made it to Sarajevo that night, but eventually found out that we had already been moved to the afternoon flight with Turkish Airlines.

I’m not sure what happened to our original flight or how we were automatically re-booked, but it all worked out in the end and we made it to Sarajevo only a few hours later than expected (p.s. Don’t use tripsta.de to book flights – I got no e-mails or calls from them this whole time!). It’s always a shame to waste a whole day in an airport, but the trip over land I figure would have taken us at least 4 days, so I guess it’s a fair trade-off. We’re here now at least and looking so forward to seeing this amazing city.

Posted by kmclean 15:03 Archived in Turkey Tagged istanbul airports

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