"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.26.2008

blessed assurance

Thank-you, Lord Jesus. Thanks to deregulation in the form of an open-skies agreement, travel to Europe is about to get a whole lot easier. What does this mean for us? Well, for one thing, it's highly unlikely that any of us will ever have to schlep between Heathrow and Gatwick for connecting flights to Africa again.

For those of you who haven't had the joy of experiencing that particular nightmare, because only 2 American airlines have been allowed to land at Heathrow, if you were flying from, say, Dallas-Fort Worth, and needed to get to, say, Nairobi, the only way to do it was to either 1) transfer flights stateside to get on a Heathrow-bound flight, or 2) transfer between the two airports in London. Which is a total nightmare - you have to claim your luggage, clear customs, hop on a bus, and check back in, all the while praying that your four hour layover will be long enough to manage it all.

Those days, my dears, are over. Add to this the opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5 this week and I'd say that my travel to and from Africa will definitely be easier, and may even be cheaper.

Can I get an "amen" from the congregation?

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