B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17394 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4546 times:
I am planning a day trip at the end of February and have decided on one to Estonia. The itinerary I am looking at is BMA-TLL-URE-TLL-ARN, with only 20 MIN between flights at URE. The flight to URE is OV605 at 17:00, and the return to TLL is OV606 at 17:20 (and then connecting to ARN at 19:00 from TLL), so I will be returning on the same aircraft. Now, is this way too risky, or is it doable? Is URE set up in such a way that when I enter the building I am already in the gate area? As I understand it one can check in online when departing from URE (even if I have a connecting flight to ARN on the same itinerary?), so I will have the BP for the return. I will probably end up with more than 20 minutes at URE because the scheduled flight time is listed as 45 min and it is a mere 190km between TLL-URE.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4543 times:
try to get it one ticket. If not, you should be fine nevertheless. Don't expect anything you have already seen at URE airport. I've been to KDL and i think URE is quite similar. Means everything is very human. You could probably even speak to the ramp agent (which could be the same guy/girl as the checkin agent and/or ticketing desk).
Look at their website: http://www.kuressaare-airport.ee/eng
If you are unsure, write them an email and explain them that you will arrive and return right away. I'm quite sure they will prepare your boarding pass and all that.
Once I've booked a BT-Flight from RIX to URE and another flight from URE to TLL and the next morning to KDL on another (paper)-ticket. RIX-URE was heavily delayed and I was rebooked to TLL directly. Means I had no paperticket in hand to get to KDL the next day, since it was waiting for me in URE. The lovely girl at the airport gave it to the URE-TLL flightattendant in an envelope, together with the refund for the unused part of the ticket, and I was able to retrieve it at the information counter in TLL. Furthermore BT sent my bag to URE on the heavily delayed flt, while they rebooked me TLL. Anyway, the lovely lade in URE sent it as soon as she could to TLL to my hotel. They do a great job there. Sent her chocolated as a thank you.
Oh, you mean the return part, URE-TLL-ARN? But if I book it as two separate flights will OV rebook me in case of delays/cancellations?
Quoting reifel (Reply 1): Means everything is very human. You could probably even speak to the ramp agent (which could be the same guy/girl as the checkin agent and/or ticketing desk).
Yeah, that is what I thought. Though I wonder if I will be in the gate area once I enter the terminal at arrival.
Quoting reifel (Reply 1): If you are unsure, write them an email and explain them that you will arrive and return right away. I'm quite sure they will prepare your boarding pass and all that.
Oh, you think that will work? Will they really understand this "weired" routing?
I really want to try out OV's SF340 and the CR9 before they get rid of them.
Another option is that I fly in to TLL early in the morning, then take the bus (http://www.bussireisid.ee) to Kuressaare. Though I really dont fancy the thought of a 4 hour long bus journey. Feel much safer flying.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
Quoting B747forever (Reply 2): Oh, you mean the return part, URE-TLL-ARN? But if I book it as two separate flights will OV rebook me in case of delays/cancellations?
What I meant is that you book one ticket, outbound flight BMA-TLL-URE, and inbound URE-TLL-ARN. If the return fare has no minimum stay you will have all on one ticket, which should probably protect you in case of misconnections. Not sure if they reprotect you if you have 2 tickets, but I would say since it's the same airline... One ticket is safer in any case.
But I think this is a non-problem, since you will be flying back on the same aircraft anyway. I would try to send them an email. I guess they will understand. They're fit, speak great english. When I booked my paper ticket with Avies they even sent me an invoice to Germany and I was able to make an european money transfer to pay for it! I made something similar with airberlin when I flew STR-OLB-STR with a 30 minutes layover on the same aircraft. Sent an email to the handling agent and she had my boarding pass in hand when I came down the gangway. If it even works in Italy why shouldn't it work in URE? Give it a try.
On a side note, if you are travelling in the summer, you should really spent some time there. Estonia is a wonderful country and the Islands especially. If it fits your schedule you could even take a flight to Ruhnu, a small island with a grass strip with Luftverkehr Harle. See the airport website for schedules.
I don't think that there is a gate area in URE. Actually if it's simlar to Kärdla, there is a counter which does ticketing and check in at once, then there is a security control. and maybe a few benches to wait. Then you just walk on the tarmac... There is no "transit" area as in big airports, no real bagage reclaim etc...
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4768 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4497 times:
When doing a same plane return into smaller airports there are 2 options I usually take (combined or not):
-As others have said, email or call the handling company in advance about your plans.
-Let the crew know your plans and ask them to radio ahead. This way the handling company is aware of your arrival and can help out. This one is really useful in more out of the way locations (used it in Ecuador for flights into MEC and OCC) as calling or emailing might be more difficult.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 916 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4407 times:
I was in Kuressaare last summer and had booked a flight from TLL to URE in the morning, wanted to spend the day on the island (lovely place) and return in the evening. When I arrived, it was raining cats and dogs and I thought about trying to get on the immediate return flight, although I only had a booking for the evening. The terminal in URE is tiny, you walk through the door and are at the check in counter. However, there was nobody at the counter any longer so I did not bother and decided to stay. Eventually, after a lengthy coffee break, I decided to take the bus to Tallinn. Quite a pleasant experience I must say, there is a ferry ride in between, so the four hours don´t feel that long.
I would simply tell the crew about your intentions and they will make sure it works.
The next day, I flew to Kärdla in the evening, told the crew I would go back with them and it was absolutely no problem. Lovely ride on a Jetstream 31, quite hard to get these days, and back in Tallinn one hour later...