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my least favorite airport

It’s now 0340. That’s early, even for me. I am up, however, because I have a 0540 flight from Lynchburg to Pittsburg. (Actually, I need to fly to Charlotte first, but the ugly reality is that I still have to be at the airport by 0430.)

This is one of the primary reasons that LYH is my least favorite airport. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely do not mind small airports. I love flying into dirt strips that don’t even have control towers. I do it all the time.

But in a city the size of Lynchburg it would be nice to have a legitimate airport. Our’s doesn’t even have a snack bar. I just flew into and out of Fort St. John, British Columbia a couple days ago. Even that tiny airport in the far north of Canada has a real (albeit small) cafe onsite.

To make matters worse, there is only a single destination you can reach from the Lynchburg airport. You can fly to Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s it. To get to any other destination one must first go to Charlotte where there’s a real airport, even if it is 200 miles in the wrong direction.

That’s why I am up yet again at 0330. Lynchburg really needs to get a decent airport.

 

an early start…

The day started well. I decided to get an early start, so I left JoAnna’s house about 8am, even though my US Airways flight to Charlotte and Akron was scheduled for 12:45.

I knew I needed to eat some breakfast. I also knew I wanted to try to buy a pair of gloves before I got to the airport. According to the weather report the temperature in Alliance, Ohio was expected to be between 10 and 15 degrees.

I ate a nice breakfast at the Shiny Diner then was at Dick’s Sporting Goods when the doors opened at 9am. I found a good pair of gloves and was parked at RDU by 10am. Check-in was a breeze, as was getting through security. With time to spare, I even spent a half hour in the 2nd Edition Bookstore.

After getting to my gate I again checked emails before I started rereading my notes for the Carr Lecture I am scheduled to present tomorrow evening at the University of Mount Union. I was thankful for how smoothly the trip was progressing.

We began boarding for the flight to Charlotte right on time. But after the first four first-class passengers had started down the jetway the captain announced a “slight delay.” Within 20 minutes we were informed the slight delay was caused by smoke in the plane’s cabin (never a good sign), and were told the flight was cancelled.

I called US Airways and was told I could fly the Philadelphia at 3:30. My flight from Philly to CAK (Canton-Akron) would not get me there until 9:30.  But, even before I left Raleigh I received word that the flight from Philly to Ohio was delayed due to crew being late.  Then, we boarded the plane in Raleigh and had barely pulled away from the gate when the captain announced that Philly had a ground stop. No planes we landing or leaving.

We set on the plane for an hour and 15 minutes before we we allowed to take off for and hour and 10 minute flight. Oh, and I received a second notice that my connecting flight to Ohio would be further delayed.

So now it’s 8:30 and I have just finished a bowl of soup in the Philly airport. My flight to Ohio is now scheduled to leave at 11:15. That means I should arrive in Akron about 12:30 tomorrow morning. Then, after I pick up my bag, I have a half hour ride to Alliance.

Nothing like getting an early start.