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Last night (March 8th 2019) I was booked on a 5.15pm flight from Sydney to Melbourne arriving at Sydney Airport from the CBD via train around 3.45pm. Left my last meeting in Sydney at 3pm walking to Wynyard railway station. The journey on the train taking around 19 minutes but you need to get in and out of the stations also.
The walk from the Domestic Station at Mascot to Qantas 10 minutes, ticketing, security and through to the Qantas Club is 20 mins arriving at a comfortable seat in the lounge at 3.45pm.
A gin and tonic and then another one 40 minutes. we are at 4.25pm expecting to board around 4.50pm. Indeed this happened (I thought QANTAS was on time from the monitors) so looking good and I actually thought for once we would be on our way on time for the first time in 10 flights.
At 5.17pm the door was closed and I was expecting push back and on our way with the cabin steward advising over the PA we expected total flight time of 1 hr and 7 mins. (yeah right)
Cockpit advises we are now delayed due to air traffic congestion into Melbourne. expect push back in 15 minutes. Finally we are away for a long taxi and more holding 10 minutes+ as we wait to get airborne.
We head to Melbourne now running nearly 45 minutes late. The flight should have taken 67 minutes but after landing had taken 2 hours. Getting out of aircraft and terminal add another 25 minutes.
Total time to take a flight between Sydney and Melbourne including cbd to cbd = 5 hours.
Bring on the High Speed Train.
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