A Dash through Doha (or is 1h 20 enough to change planes?)
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Al Mourjan Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore by boat
- From the Top of the Marina Sands
- Back to Changi T2, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Into KL, Holiday Inn Express KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Adventures in KL
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building)
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again with a tweep
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- To have flown, To Wait.
- I need another break…
I got off the plane at Doha – and was directed straight into the main terminal (avoiding security re-screening, and headed straight for the toilet.
Well after a ride on the cable car thingy.
I know I could had gone in the air – but a toilet fixed to the ground that isn’t wobbling is so appreciated.
With that, I headed into duty free shop, and did battle to get a couple more Bagtag mugs…. mainly because 1) I’m a nerd and 2) I wanted to see if there was an A350 Model.
Hint. There wasn’t.
With that I though was plenty of time, I headed down to C21 to go to the flight.
Except, I misread the FIDS.
And when I say badly, I mean badly
I was going from A10 – practically the other side of the airport instead of the back-side of C Gates.
The technical term here is not repeatable for gentle ears – as I’m basically having to run across Hamad International Airport as fast as I could, knowing the gate could close on me.
So I did what I fail at… I jogged, ran and walked.
After making the central atrium, I turned for the A Gates, and powered down towards the gate as best I could.
I pretty much was gasping for breath when I got to A10 and A11, with the staff grinning as I was coming to the gate.
I handed my boarding pass over
“Come in from Singapore?”
I nodded as I was pretty out of breath. My bags were confirmed as loaded, and I was directed down the jetway, where I admitted defeat by this airport.
It is perfectly possible to transit Hamad International Airport in under 1 hour 20… even a LOT less.
The problem is the FIDS are designed as a style over substance – and thus making them a bit more difficult to read – and hence why I got the gate so badly wrong.
And yes – I should had double and treble checked them before heading to C21.
If you do book tight connections at Hamad International Doha, check your gates. But realistically, if you have connection under 1 hour 30 – give yourself peace of mind and book a later flight if possible.
And if you can’t. Run. Fast.
Next: QR169 Hamad International Airport to Doha.
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