Written by Jacob Wootten
In July I spent eight days in Croatia with buddies from throughout Europe. I wrote an earlier journey report on my expertise from the US to Croatia. This report will cowl the flight from Croatia to Zürich.
After spending a beautiful time in Croatia, it was time to move residence. As an American with out European residency I had a posh routing (DBV – ZRH – IST – AMS – EWR) to make sure that I used to be capable of transit efficiently and that my baggage can be checked by means of to my remaining vacation spot.
Croatia Airways OU4466
Dubrovnik (DBV) – Zürich (ZRH)
Sunday 12 July 2020
Plane: Sprint eight Q400 (Reg 9A-CQA)
Arriving and checking in at Dubrovnik Airport was a breeze. We returned our rental automotive and made the brief stroll to the terminal. There have been indicators on the doorways that solely passengers ought to enter the terminal and that everybody should put on a masks, upon coming into compliance appeared to be at practically 100%.
I had checked in on-line previous to arriving, which was easy, however odd. I’ve by no means seen the airline flip management of the ticket over to the airport, or reasonably the airport service supplier. This meant I needed to test in by means of Niko.
The airport was quiet, very quiet – virtually in eery quiet to be sincere. There was nobody within the test in queue, so I merely walked as much as the agent and she or he verified my paperwork and printed correct boarding passes for me. As a result of I used to be travelling on two separate tickets, I needed to ask that my baggage be checked by means of to Newark (EWR) in order that I didn’t want to gather them in Amsterdam. They fortunately obliged and printed my bag tags for me.
After dropping off my baggage, I headed as much as safety. At the moment the escalators had been out of service, so just some flights of stairs to the following stage for safety. There was nobody within the queue for safety and I made it by means of in lower than two minutes with a really pleasant workers. Subsequent after safety, a fast passport test and stamp after which to the boarding lounge.
With a lot of the retailers, cafes, and the airline lounges closed, I grabbed a fast snack on the café after safety. The workers was very fast to scrub and disinfect the desk after every visitor left.
A fast second of disappointment as my eyes caught glimpse of the American Airways boarding signal just a few ranges increased, left over from the (now cancelled) direct flight to Philadelphia (PHL) within the US. After all of the coronavirus insanity ends, I do hope that the North American airways carry again their direct service to Croatia.
Earlier than boarding, the gate brokers made the bulletins which might be so customary as we speak; masks are required all through the journey, clients should keep distance, and many others. I didn’t get the precise passenger rely, however the flight was possibly 25% full and just one passenger in Enterprise Class (me).
The bus trip was fairly brief, and we had been then capable of board. I do get pleasure from boarding by way of airstairs and when the bus trip isn’t too lengthy like it’s in giant hubs like Frankfurt or Munich. Upon boarding the cabin crew gave every passenger a small bottle of water and an antiseptic wipe.
Enterprise Class was blocked to simply the primary two rows of the plane reasonably than the everyday three, although Economic system wasn’t even half full. I’m impressed that Croatia affords a Enterprise Class product on a turboprop plane, however there wasn’t any service inflight. I’m not sure if this was because of measures surrounding Covid-19, so possibly a extra frequent flier can share their expertise.
One of many issues I get pleasure from about turboprops is the decrease flying altitude, it appears to provide you higher views of the land and flying from Croatia to Switzerland made for some nice views. The terrain is just lovely!
Switzerland requires all passengers to finish a well being type previous to arrival for contact tracing ought to somebody later take a look at optimistic with coronavirus. The shape was two-sided, one aspect in English and the opposite in German.
The touchdown in Zürich was uneventful and with a brief taxi we had been at our distant stand. After a brief bus trip to the terminal we arrived on the non-Schengen D Gates. Because of the present state of affairs, there’s restricted service on the airport together with the closure of the SWISS Lounge within the D Gates, this made for a really lengthy and boring layover (over 5 hours). Fortunately the Wi-Fi is sort of quick and there have been retailers open within the decrease stage.
General, the flight was comfy and uneventful. I used to be disenchanted with the dearth of service, particularly in Enterprise Class, however I don’t really feel that Croatia is alone in doing this and hope that carriers return to regular service reasonably than utilizing this as an excuse to chop prices. The cabin crew was pleasant within the few interactions I had with them and Dubrovnik Airport was simple to navigate with pleasant workers all through.
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