Turbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 24 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
Eeeh... I agree:
Girona is not near Barcelona at all... It is 100 kms away. No blame though on SVG, who posts what Ryanair calls "Barcelona Girona Airport". Well, at least, as far as I know, if you wish to go to Barcelona after a flight to Girona on RYR, they have a free bus service.
As for the "illegal practices" on tax payment, let me tell you that: the taxes they pay for you are the airport ones, and those are not "taxes" of the impositive kind, that go to the Ministry of Economy. It is "airport service".
Nevertheless, if you, having a business, must pay a tax, provided it is the amount demanded and with your fiscal identification number, anybody can pay any kind of taxes on behalf of you.
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
Airport locations.... well, there are many airports which are called in misleading ways or which are very far from the cities they supposedly serve. As an example in my country, MXP Malpensa is not anywhere near Milan even if it is quite well connected now they have the train... and Orio al Serio is actually the airport of Bergamo, a city close to Milan (about 50 km or so) but which is a provincial capital in its own right. Yet it is in my opinion even less convenient than MXP as it is not well connected.. yet now most airlines call it "Milan".. Also in Japan calling NRT "Tokyo" is a joke...
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2369 times:
True (even if there's not much around Narita), and Haneda was much much closer to Tokyo than Narita. I would guess NRT is farther away from Tokyo (for example from Ueno or Shinjuku) than Gerona is from the center of Barcelona. I was in both places, the difference is that I drove from Gerona to Barcelona while I took the Narita Express from NRT to Tokyo, and Japanese trains are really fast.
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
Airblue thanks for the info. I really did not imagine it could be this fast by car, even considered the speed limits.. (which anyway not everybody respects). Let's see, from Girona to BCN it took me two hours, but it does not count because there had been a terrible accident in the highway so I went at less than 50kph hald of the time..
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
LoL 90 km in 45 minutes means a 180 kmh average! For the metrically challenged Americans that is more than 110mph :P While I have driven at that speed (ummh, and more) keeping that average would be difficult and besides if I had driven like that while in vacation with my girlfriend I would have become single as soon as we had arrived in Barcelona!
Danny: true it is a stretch calling it "Barcelona airport" but in the world there are many airports which are that far and even more distant than that from the cities they are named after. And most of that is not Ryan air's fault (again, NRT comes to mind)
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2266 posts, RR: 31 Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
I would personally always prefer Orio al Serio over Malpensa because in Orio you have very short ways from the bus station to check-in and then to the aircraft and back while Malpensa is always quite messy and there are very long ways.
Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
Lhr001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
Typical Ryan Air...
Cheap Fare.... 100 km or so from city... The taxi fare will have made you think twice, and paid a little extra to have flown on BA, or IB!
Hopefully, Ryanair will be confronted on this issue as they were confronted when the far off and distant Hahn was brought into play!
The Ryan-Airization and Virgin-ization needs to stop! Blah..Blah... same rubbish every week! Ryan starts three new routes and drops five others.. British Airways adds a route to the U.S. and Vigin Atlantic and baby Branson go and cry to mummy... "it isnt fair".... do get over it!
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1917 times:
Thomas: true that in Orio the bus station is closer, and the airport is smaller and less messy, but, if you have to go to downtown Milan in a work day, the bus is extremely unreliable, as it can get stuck in traffic (which is TERRIBLE on the thruways around Milan). In Malpensa there is a train which goes into the city from the terminal.
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2266 posts, RR: 31 Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
@gamarocchi: Yep, this is true of course. When doing planespotting I always prefer big airports of course, when travelling I really like smaller airports, less hassle.
Has anybody ever thought about the tourist resorts which are very close to Girona, it's not just Barcelona, personally I think it was a very wise decision to go for Girona and Rome as new bases. Barcelona and the tourist resorts at the coast near Girona are very popular at the moment and all Girona routes Ryanair has started so far did work very well from what I know. Rome Ciampino is not too far away from the way from the city, similar situation like in Milan, traffic links to Fiumicino are better but Ciampino is smaller, don't know how messy Fiumicino and Ciampino are since I have never been there, Malpensa definately is messy . Given the location of the airport they will also be able to attract business travellers in Rome which is again very popular with all routes Ryan is operating there working quite well.
I think that those two bases make much more sense than Skavsta for example which is a typical "in the middle of nowhere" airport, however Ryanair was able to establish Hahn and Charleroi, so maybe with the new routes they might even be able to make Skavsta work for them.
Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
Gamarocchi From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 198 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1865 times:
Thomas, FCO is messier than MXP. You know there is another aiport in Milan (LIN) which is the *real* airport of the city, meaning that it's the closest. On the other hand in Rome almost all the flights were from FCO while CIA was just used by private aircrafts, the President of the Republic, and the Pope. I think (but I may be wrong) that before Ryanair, no airline had used Ciampino in a long time. So probably it's even quieter than Orio al Serio!
Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2410 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
I hate to turn this into a Ryanair vs. Easyjet post, but quite frankly, having flown both and experienced the increadibly unhelpful and unwavering service on Ryanair, along with it's screwed up idea of what airports serve what city, Easyjet is by far the easier and less stressful option.
Easyjet from Barcelona is a thousand times easier and less hassle than Ryanair from Girona. And I've always flown Easyjet at a very competitive (note. cheaper, incl. cost of transport to the airport) price when compared to Ryanair. How Ryan gets away with such appalling service standards is beyond me. I suspect one day they'll pay the price themselves.
Gerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3480 posts, RR: 34 Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1741 times:
Thomas, you are right, Gerona (sorry folks, I'm an old Spaniard ) is the biggest airport for those tourist areas at the Costa Brava. However, it's mostly low yield tourism (look at Lloret de Mar). There are not many flights to Gerona. Add to that, that Ryanair markets this as Barcelona. I wonder, why they don't market this as "Costa Brava Airport" or something like that.
BTW, I would love to have a ZRH-GRO connection ....
EDIT: Gerona-Barcelona in 45 Minutes? Hmmm, our taxi had from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona (more or less the same distance) about 2 hrs!!!!! Don't forget, you're not alone on Barcelona's street, specially during rush hour
2nd EDIT: even the train needs more time. The shortest connection I found from Gerona to Barcelona is 1:15 hrs. Add to that the time you need from Gerona airport to the railway station in the city center.
[Edited 2003-12-05 15:07:39]
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