Antananarivo’s Ivato Int’l Airport is probably not going to top anyone’s list of favourite airports but it gets the job done. There aren’t a lot of airlines serving this airport but I have already done a guide on how to get here using airline miles.
The biggest tip is to beware of security guards weighing carry-on bags. Even backpacks, which normally slide through at other airports if they look small. If you have more than 7kgs, they will send you back, ostensibly to check your bag. This is a case where Scottevest saved the day for us as we simply went out of sight, stuffed the heaviest items into our very deep pockets and returned to security. Backpacks were weighed and passed, jackets were ignored except for the usual x-rays and we were inside and awaiting our flight. We didn’t have any checked luggage so it wasn’t a money issue, it was more a concern with a tight connection and fear of the bags arriving at all.
We were in economy booked with Flying Blue miles so had no access to lounges. There are a few shops but otherwise not much to do except read. No wifi outside the lounge.
Kenya Airways was about half an hour late and I was getting nervous as we only had one hour to connect in NBO. Luckily, the same aircraft that brought us to NBO remained at the gate and also took us to ACC. The first flight wasn’t full and we had an empty middle seat to spread out in. We weren’t so lucky on the NBO-ACC segment, the plane was completely full.
On arrival at Accra, we had the usual temperature security to pass, then we ran over to the immigration “other nationals” line which went smoothly since we already had the necessary visa obtained from their consulate in Canberra. They do not give visas on arrival.
Our next birding adventure in Ghana was about to begin!