Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Malaga Airport, reflects the mood in Spain

We just flew in and out of Malaga airport, where the magnificent new terminal building is a gleaming glass and steel construction.....from the outside.
Inside it's like the mood in Spain, grey and dreary. How did they make a new airport so miserable ?
Named after Pablo Picasso, there isn't much of the inside that is colourful or artistic.
What's worse is the way we were treated there, we came away feeling like we had walked a mile and been scammed on the way!
First of all we checked in at the old terminal desks, but instead of walking through the back into security, they made us walk all the way to the other end of the new terminal building, where they have temporary security desks setup. Then, we found that our gate was all the way back in the old terminal.
the upshot of this is that you have to walk all the way through the departure area of the new building, in order to get back in the old building, and past all of the new shops and bars and restaurants.
We basically walked for ages for nothing.
And the whole "no liquids" over 100ml feels more and more like a scam each time we go through security. Since the restrictions the airport bars and restaurants in departures must be laughing all the way to the bank. €2.95 for a bloody diet coke - absolutely fucking shocking
It has always felt to a degree that Spain has been happy to fleece the foreigners. Given the shit that the country is in right now, theyshould think again....

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