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Re: [Debconf-discuss] Money matters and air travel queries - 1 -2 stops and being in South Africa morning or afternoon.

On 6 May 2016 at 04:33, shirish शिरीष <shirishag75@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,


> Now I have budgeted at $837 which is around around one and a half
> times the cheapest ticket available $587 .

Check prices at www.akbartravels.com too.
I got cheap tickets for DebConf15 last year from this Indian travel
web-site compare to other sites like cleartrip etc.

> My idea is to land in South Africa on 30th morning or evening,
> decompress and just be on 1st of July and be available to be part of
> debian for noobs.
> The cheapest flight on makemy trip is at $629 doesn't work because
> both while going as well as coming, there are stops where connection

If time is not a BIG issue, land at Johannesburg & take train to Cape
Town. Very cheap deal. [I evaluated this option for me virtually ;-) ]
Yeah it's approximately 1300 kilometers 1 way journey, but that's
again if you have time & interested to explore South Africa ^_^
South African trains should be fun but they looks expensive unlike
Indian trains :-) [ Must be fast & air con trains.]

> b. The other most common layover is Addis Ababa Bole International
> Airport of Ethiopia

Ethiopian air is having some good offers recently for flights
originating from Mumbai to African countries via Addis Ababa.

> It would be nicer if one of the cheaper flights makes the cut so
> somebody else or it could be used to make debconf more awesome.

Check if any1 driving from Johannesburg to Cape Town or from
Bloemfontein to Cape Town. [carpool]

Also adding some information about visa =  It seems like VFS center is
available in our city for South African visa.  Ref URL =

Marking Debian India mailing list in cc just in case if we have any
more people traveling to DebConf16 from India.

> In case of a long layover, for budget/economy travelers are there any
> budget choices for storage lockers and having bit of sleep, food and
> freshening up before the next leg of the journey.

Don't expect much from airports in East & Central Africa. [No
intention to start any fury but honest opinion.]
Once upon time Indian airports were also like a bus station. :-D

If you have long layover at Dubai airport, it's a good airport to
spend a night/several hours at.
And BTW if it's the same flight carrier for next leg, your luggage is
transferred by airlines itself.
You don't have to worry about that heavy luggage.
Beware if your connecting flight is of another carrier.
You may need to cross immigration to collect your luggage,check-in
your luggage to new carrier counter & get back in to departure hall by
going through security check.
Most times we [Indian passport holders] need at least so called
'airport transit' visa in such circumstances. [ that means 1 more visa
= more money..Argh!! not good]
If your Passport has valid USA visa, they [immigration authority] are
fine usually otherwise no! Sounds crazy but true.
We being Indian passport holders, it's a complicated thing. :-/
I hope this information helps.

Von Voyage!


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