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An interesting site at Sofia airport
An interesting site at Sofia airport
An interesting site at Sofia airport
An interesting site at Sofia airport

Tier Point Run to Sofia in Jan 2024: Day 4 – Sofia SOF to London Heathrow LHR

By Nige on Mon 29 Jan 2024 at 18:34
Type: Post
Story: Tier Point Run to Sofia in Jan 2024
Tags: British Airways | LHR | London Heathrow | SOF | Sofia | Trips

I had a good wander around the terminal building, well, the departures level anyway – I couldn’t be bothered going down to one of the lounges. As I understand it, they are not much to write home about anyway.

A slightly sparse Sofia airport
A slightly sparse Sofia airport
A slightly sparse Sofia airport
A slightly sparse Sofia airport

Sofia Airport is quite sparse in some respects, but where there are collections of shops, bars and cafes, where they have attempted to brighten things up.

Flight: BA0891 Equip: A320
Sched Depart: 17:25 Actual: 17:11
Sched Arrival: 19:00 Actual: 18:25
Takeoff: 17:23 Landing: 18:18

The Sofia mini-boneyard as seen via Google Maps
The Sofia mini-boneyard as seen via Google Maps
The Sofia mini-boneyard as seen via Google Maps
The Sofia mini-boneyard as seen via Google Maps

I noticed that as we landed, there were some aircraft on the right-hand side of the runway, which looked like they were waiting to be broken up. It was almost a mini-boneyard.

There’s more to see on Google Maps.

Back on into seat 01C. The guy that was on the flights yesterday was sat in 01C on the way out and on the way back to Heathrow, we had swapped seats.

On board the BA flight heading back to Heathrow
On board the BA flight heading back to Heathrow
On board the BA flight heading back to Heathrow
On board the BA flight heading back to Heathrow

Got an Italian snorter next to me in seat 01A. I don’t understand why people think it’s acceptable behaviour to snort, rather than them blow their noses!

We had taken off a few mins before our scheduled departure time. The captain advised it would be 2 hrs 55 min flying time ( same as on the way out), so I assume that can only mean there was minimal impact of the jet stream. We should, therefore, arrive into Heathrow early.

Dinner menu was identical to last night, so that’s two meals today, that were the same as yesterday.

Another lovely vegan curry on the BA flight back to Heathrow
Another lovely vegan curry on the BA flight back to Heathrow
Another lovely vegan curry on the BA flight back to Heathrow
Another lovely vegan curry on the BA flight back to Heathrow

I went for the vegan curry again – it’s so tasty… The cheese, pudding, and starter were all the same as yesterday, so no need to write about them again.

I dozed for most of the rest of the flight, so there’s nothing too exciting to report!

We arrived very early onto a remote stand at Heathrow T3. We waited for an age for the steps to be attached. The buses were waiting for us, but didn’t get a look in, until the steps were securely in place.

Why is it that we seem to be penalised for arriving early?

We eventually got on a bus, and I managed to get into the best position, so I was off first when the bus arrived at T3.

A quick scoot past another bus load of passengers, allowed me a clear run through the automated passport kiosks, which are now a complete breeze, which is nice to be able to say.


Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Sofia in Jan 2024


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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