Caroline Lamb touched down on home soil at 8.55am today, Tuesday 29th September on the second to last British Airways flight, Entebbe to London Heathrow (LHR)!
“Apparently British Airways have been doing this route for over 20 years and it ceases on Thursday 2nd October. I spoke with one of the crew and she said the whole team were gutted, they always stay in the Proteus hotel and all the staff were crying as they will not be coming back. The ground staff at Entebbe airport are also devastated as they lose their jobs, even the engineer. Another knock on casualty I was told about is the orphanage in Entebbe which is supported by the BA staff who always bring out bags of clothes for the children and also give very generously to it. I cannot understand why BA are doing this as the flights are always full – there were only about 5 seats not filled last night – do they really want to give all their customers to a rival airline?
For us it is great inconvenience as we will have to fly overnight to Nairobi and then transfer and fly to Entebbe – this will add another 5 hours onto the flight; the only consolation is that it is cheaper. Returning we shall have to fly KLM to Schiphol and then transfer to LHR – this is not too bad but still adds another 5 hours onto the journey.
I managed to get home by 10am and then at 11.30am appear at Wellspring where Rachel Gordon was speaking! So we both showed photos and talked about the trip. Good to go there first as this was the “birth place” of CRESS.”