So much for reaching Rome on time…
Last night, my flight from Zurich to Frankfurt posted creeping delays, 15 minutes at a time. The flight ended up departing 90 minutes late. With only a 55-minute connection in Frankfurt, it was futile to take the flight.
Overnighting in Frankfurt is not an issue, but the early Rome flight from Frankfurt would have got me into Rome an hour after the first flight from Zurich. With a morning meeting, this was not an acceptable solution.
Did you hear about the EU air traffic control meltdown that caused the delay and/or cancellation of nearly 15,000 flights?
I asked if this was the reason for the delay and was met with a shrug from the Lufthansa (Swissport) staff at Zurich. All I know is that my flight was delayed due to a late-arriving aircraft from Frankfurt.
In any case, it meant an unexpected night in Zurich and a hotel on Lufthansa’s dime.
I requested the Radisson Blu, located on the airport grounds, but was told only the Hilton was available. I’ve stayed at that property before and did not pushback because I knew at least the sauna and steam bath would be open 24/7 if I could not sleep. In retrospect, I wish I would have pushed back more: the Radisson looks like a far superior property at a similar price point.
Ironically, I was rebooked on the nonstop flight to Rome on SWISS the following morning: the same flight I originally booked (I had added the connection via Frankfurt precisely to avoid the overnight in Zurich while still having time to review the new first class lounge there).