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Ryanair Using Jetbridges, Where?  
User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5141 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9582 times:

Hi,

I flew MAD - ACE - MAD last week with Ryanair, and at both airports FR uses jetbridges.
Next week I will fly BUD - BGY - GRQ and i'm wondering if FR also uses them at Budapest T2 and Bergamo.

At which airports in their network do they use jetbridges? I really slows down boarding and deboarding and I hope they will not use them too often.

KL911

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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9577 times:

Flew FR from BUD a few weeks back and they used a Jetbridge, but had a stairs at the end of the Jetbridge down onto the tarmac and then up the aircraft stairs. A little strange really.

AFAIK They are required to use a Jetbridge in MAD.

[Edited 2012-05-03 10:41:48]

User currently offlinePelle From Denmark, joined Apr 2012, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9555 times:

Well I know for sure that they use jetbridges in STN, and I'm prette certain that they dont use jetbridges i BUD.


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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9544 times:

Quoting Pelle (Reply 2):
Well I know for sure that they use jetbridges in STN

I have flewn FR through STN countless times and NEVER used a jet bridge.


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9531 times:

Primarily, we use jet bridges at Spanish airports such as ALC, AGP, PMI, TFS & ACE. They slow down the turn around process considerably, and are a pain for us crew and pax alike.

The only Spanish airports we don't use them at are GRO, REU, MJV.

I haven't operated a BUD flight yet, but I don't think we use air bridges there. The few pix that are on the database show that we use air stairs at BUD. I don't know anything about our ops at BGY.

Cheers,

MCO 2 BRS

(EDIT: Type-o)

[Edited 2012-05-03 10:47:57]

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9455 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 3):
I have flewn FR through STN countless times and NEVER used a jet bridge.

Likewise.

I, too, have used an airbridge at MAD.



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User currently offlinelollomz From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9146 times:
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No jetbridges in BGY for sure!

User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5141 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8963 times:

Quoting lollomz (Reply 6):
No jetbridges in BGY for sure!

Great, thanks. I love to walk on the tarmac.

Quoting cipango (Reply 1):
AFAIK They are required to use a Jetbridge in MAD

What is the reason for this?


User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1789 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8894 times:

Easyjet has a very haphazard policy with airbridges. Some airports you can guarantee an airbridge, other places it depends and then somewhere else you might never use one even though there are some. Then at other places EZY buys into the low cost pier concept such as those at AMS, CPH and the new BER. There is also a policy now where at some airports rear steps and airbridge are used.

Alot of people will say it is down to cost but i'm not sure if all airports actually charge for the use of an airbridge. Primarily it is down to the speed of turnaround. I personally, as crew, prefer airbridge and i don't think boarding is that much slower because of it.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25372 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8641 times:

Quoting kl911 (Reply 7):
Quoting cipango (Reply 1):
AFAIK They are required to use a Jetbridge in MAD

What is the reason for this?

I expect safety considerations are a factor. Having passengers wandering around busy airport ramps, especially where both front and rear doors are used for boarding/deplaning, is less safe than keeping passengers and ramp operations totally separated as they are when bridges are used.


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13138 posts, RR: 100
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8524 times:
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Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 8):
Primarily it is down to the speed of turnaround. I personally, as crew, prefer airbridge and i don't think boarding is that much slower because of it.

AT LGB, it is far faster to load without the airbridge (here in the USA). The long 'tunnel' tends to slow the boarding as well as airstair boarding, at least with B6, is two sets of stairs.

Does FR use two sets of stairs too?

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8468 times:

Quoting Pelle (Reply 2):
Well I know for sure that they use jetbridges in STN, and I'm prette certain that they dont use jetbridges i BUD.

They don't use them at Stansted.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
I expect safety considerations are a factor. Having passengers wandering around busy airport ramps, especially where both front and rear doors are used for boarding/deplaning, is less safe than keeping passengers and ramp operations totally separated as they are when bridges are used.

There ought not to be an issue, unless someone wanders off completely.


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8091 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 10):

Does FR use two sets of stairs too?

Yes, we have the built-in stairs under L1 and mobile stairs at L2. It makes turn around so much easier.

Cheers,

MCO 2 BRS


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8049 times:

Are we talking about boarding from the front and the rear of the plane? Otherwise, I don't get it. How do jetbridges slow down boarding. Its not like using the tarmac allows pax to board any faster than sequential.


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User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5141 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 13):
Are we talking about boarding from the front and the rear of the plane? Otherwise, I don't get it. How do jetbridges slow down boarding. Its not like using the tarmac allows pax to board any faster than sequential.
Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 12):
Yes, we have the built-in stairs under L1 and mobile stairs at L2. It makes turn around so much easier.

It makes a huge difference indeed to board via front and the back compared to just a jetbridge to the front.


User currently offlineIL96M From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7195 times:

Quoting lollomz (Reply 6):
No jetbridges in BGY for sure!

Sorry, I flew FR into BGY one evening last summer and we docked at the air bridge (last one to the west). Routing was STN-BGY.


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7072 times:

Quoting Pelle (Reply 2):
I have flewn FR through STN countless times and NEVER used a jet bridge.



I always went through the gate of the bridge, then down the stair, and use to go around the plane and enter the back door, for the fun of walking on the airport and to find a seat quickly without 100 people in front of me who all have nothing better to do than standing in the aisle.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 10):
Does FR use two sets of stairs too?



Yes, always, and that makes boarding SO quick. I have the following story to share:
I was on an FR flight HHN-STN departure 6:30 some weeks ago, plane was boarded in time. At 6:28, I saw two mechanics enter the plane and the cockpit, and that was no good sign for an in time departure. At 6:35, the pilot told us they decided to change plane, we should go over to the neighbor plane ( which was scheduled to go to Spain at 7:30), so we all 186 people + crew left the plane through the 2 exists, went around it, to the other plane, boarded through the two stairs, and the last passengers entered the cabin I looked on my clock at 6:43, so 8 minutes for a complete debarking and boarding. We then left at 6:55, which I must say was an extremely good outcome...

This had never worked with jet bridges. For me, jet bridges are one of the most stupid inventions in aviation, cost the industry millions and block any progress.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7040 times:

BCN is another place where airbridges are used.


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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2179 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

It isnt always an airbridge in MAD. Very likely, but not certain as they use remote stands too.

Never airbridges in STN.

Destinations from MAD that use bridges are... BIO, PMI, ACE, LPA, TFS, probably some more ive forgotten.


User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 16):
This had never worked with jet bridges. For me, jet bridges are one of the most stupid inventions in aviation, cost the industry millions and block any progress.

Unless you needed to board the top deck of the A380. Some hefty stairs you're looking at there.



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User currently offlineidlewildchild From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

This became a big issue at ALC where FR has decided to pull many flights because they are forced to use jetbridges now, costing them time and money.

User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5437 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 16):
This had never worked with jet bridges. For me, jet bridges are one of the most stupid inventions in aviation, cost the industry millions and block any progress.

Really? You actually enjoy going down the aircraft steps, waiting until the bus fills up, then offloading 180 through the same entrance door at the same time.... or if you've landed in DXB and it's 45ºC outside...

Back to FR though, I am sure they must pay for usage otherwise why, at airports such as FAO, they pull right up to them and then use the aircraft stairs, a 50m walk, then up the stairs at the back of the airbridge and into the terminal.

I do not agree that airstairs slow boarding down. People slow boarding down. Don't know how many people I have seen on carriers like ZB that do assign seats, when the front and rear stairs are down, still want want to board by the front with a seat in row 25.   



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User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1789 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 16):

Yes, always, and that makes boarding SO quick. I have the following story to share:
I was on an FR flight HHN-STN departure 6:30 some weeks ago, plane was boarded in time. At 6:28, I saw two mechanics enter the plane and the cockpit, and that was no good sign for an in time departure. At 6:35, the pilot told us they decided to change plane, we should go over to the neighbor plane ( which was scheduled to go to Spain at 7:30), so we all 186 people + crew left the plane through the 2 exists, went around it, to the other plane, boarded through the two stairs, and the last passengers entered the cabin I looked on my clock at 6:43, so 8 minutes for a complete debarking and boarding. We then left at 6:55, which I must say was an extremely good outcome...

This had never worked with jet bridges. For me, jet bridges are one of the most stupid inventions in aviation, cost the industry millions and block any progress.

To be fair you have everyone onboard and transferring them onto the next aircraft is not a hard task and will be a very quick process regardless.

Quoting offloaded (Reply 21):
Back to FR though, I am sure they must pay for usage otherwise why, at airports such as FAO, they pull right up to them and then use the aircraft stairs, a 50m walk, then up the stairs at the back of the airbridge and into the terminal.

I don't know for sure but I'm under the impression that many airports (if not all?) don't charge for airbridge use. The time issue does seem to be an issue. However as I said before, whilst steps are quicker it's only marginally so. If you have passengers pre-boarded onto the airbridge and a pro-active cabin crew then an airbridge isn't that time consuming.



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User currently offlinekrisyyz From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5050 times:

Quoting kl911 (Thread starter):
i'm wondering if FR also uses them at Budapest T2



Definitely not at BUD, I was there last week and saw the metal barriers on the tarmac. One of the news channels even did a story on it... While aviation fans like being so close to aircraft on the tarmac, some travellers are not impressed having to wait on the tarmac at BUD, some have waited for 45 minutes in rain, snow or extreme cold..

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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4519 times:

One disadvantage of not using airbridges, is that it is a lot more difficult and slow when you have a disabled passenger. Then the front stairs are out of action, as the person is raised on a special lift, and everyone has to go through the back staircase.

Does rain slow down deboarding using the airstairs, as people get to the door then stop to fumble around for umbrellas and coats?



it's the bus to stansted (now renamed national express a4 to ruin my username)
25 flyboyseven : I dont know what the process is at other airlines, but I have seen WestJet board disabled passengers without interrupting the flow at all. They just
26 skipness1E : Industry standard is high lift vehicles use the starboard side.
27 GT4EZY : But it can delay boarding at some of the smaller airports as sometimes you have to accept the highloader as and when it arrives so that it can contin
28 BA777 : BCN usually uses airbridges from my experience. With disabled passengers we usually disembark them last using the loader on the starboard side
29 VivaGunners : They used an airbridge on a couple of BGY-CRL flights I took in 2004/2005.
30 tonystan : The one and ONLY time I ever flew Ryanair was MAN-DUB back in 2003....never again....HOWEVER they did use a jetway then!
31 eicvd : I flew in to PMI last night & we didnt use a jetbridge.
32 HullCitySpotter : I kind of had one when I flew on FR a few weeks ago from LBA to KUN. We went from Gate 9 and we had a jetbridge to a certain extent... and then we had
33 Post contains images ZaphodB : I know FR said that was the reason but I don't take it at face value. Brits and other immigrant groups are leaving the Costa Blanca in droves - not j
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