Day 8: Gran Canaria – going home


Today was the day we were going home. Our coach transfer to the airport was not until 1pm so we all packed and after breakfast headed down to the K1 bar on the front for a final Cortado.

The journey to the airport was quick, although the clouds were gathering on the way and it even started to rain. That’s never supposed to happen on holiday!


We were soon checked in and free of our bike boxes so headed through to the departure lounge for a final beer and something to eat before the flight.


As we arrived at the gate to board our plane, the fun started. A TUI person said the plane had a technical fault and would not be flying. We’d be put on flights to either Manchester, Luton or Stanstead and then bussed back to Birmingham airport. Great – not!

But first, we had to go back through arrivals as if we had just come from the UK, collect our bags again and then go to check in again, where we would be allocated their choice of flight home.


We got allocated to Luton, which I was not happy with so spoke with a supervisor who re-jigged things and got us all on the Manchester flight. Bingo! Sarah can pick me up from there and I can worry about getting my car back from Birmingham Airport tomorrow.

The flight home was uneventful and I said my goodbye’s to Tim and Tracy in Manchester, where they left to get the coach back to Birmingham. Nic and John had stayed on another 5 nights to have some couple time.