Monday, January 18, 2010 2:22:13 PM
Economy tickets a few days before flying weren't outrageously expensive - it's quiet in Canberra just after Christmas, although not so quiet that there is nobody there.
Flying Qantas domestic has a few benefits - it's almost like a bus service in Melbourne - no real stress, not very long queues, check-in machines that work properly, check-in desks for your baggage, and a minimum of hassle.
The flight itself is short - on the way there, they served a snack and a soft drink, and by the time they were collecting the rubbish we were already in the descent. On the return leg, being after 5pm or whatever the magi hour is, they'll give you a wine or beer along with what is basically a snack.
It matters because Canberra airport is tiny. There is a "café" but it is really more of a kiosk, combining airport prices with tiny range and wanting to close before our 8pm flight boards. It's outside the security area - there are nice member lounges inside (many of the passengers would be frequent flyers, or travelling business class) but nothing else.
Baggage service was quick and efficient, and the staff were friendly. Nothing to really complain about (the fact that Canberra airport is small for a national capital is basically a function of the way Australia works), and pleasant helpful service from everyone - including the security guy at Canberra who selected me for a random explosives test 15 minutes after I had had one already.