I have said before that there is no such thing as a schedule when it comes to flying in Indonesia. I have been on quite a few domestic flights and never have I been on one that left on time.
International legs have usually been pretty reliable though but it was quite annoying when, on arriving at Perth International Airport we found our flight had been delayed by two hours on the board. We then found out on check-in that it had actually been delayed by four hours.
Our original plans were to arrive in Jakarta around 9pm and go for dinner however we didn’t land until near 1am so that was out of the question.
Garuda did supply us with vouchers for a meal which was nice and we looked around the few shops in the departure lounge a couple of times before boarding our flight so it wasn’t too bad.
We went in to pay our VOA and discovered they had laxed the rules meaning that the US$25 could be paid in any major currency including the local one or Australian dollars. Much improved! It occured to me much later that we could have got away with paying US$10 as we really were only in the country for one week and a 7 day visa is cheaper than a 30 day one.
We walked through Customs, literally, as no one was working so the only delay was the queue for the visa. It seemed a little lax.
late at night the heavy Jakarta traffic has died down so it only took 20 minutes to get to Lia’s aunties house in Tomang.