BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1344 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8641 times:
The Eire trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB on Aer Arann
Welcome at the first part of this trip report, featuring a two day trip to Ireland on 6 flights. Enjoy!
We left my house at ten o’clock in the morning and drove in my car to the staff parking lot. The parking lot was very full with only some space left at the end, which resulted in quite a long walk to the bus stop. Soon a bus showed up and drove us to the terminal. Because I worked the evening before and my company is the handling agent for Aer Arann, I checked us in already and reserved some good seats. 2F and 3F with 2DE and 3DE blocked. After a stop at the shops to buy batteries for my camera we went to the H-pier. When we reached the pier our aircraft, a BAe 146-200, was just taxiing in at gate H2.
G-TBIC is owned by Flightline. The Irish company Nex Aviation is leasing the aircraft and is operating the flights for Aer Arann, together with sistership EI-CNQ. After refueling boarding was announced and all 42 passengers boarded the aircraft. Soon the door was closed and pushback began. Runway 36C was in use so a relatively short taxi route today. With not much other traffic we got take-off clearance soon and took off at 11.50.
The crew announced that the flight time to Waterford today was approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. After an hour in the air the captain announced descending and passed on the latest weather update.
On the left the city of Waterford and the River Suir
We touched down at runway 21, which is only 4700ft, so a lot of brake power was used. Immediately a u-turn was made and we taxied to the apron where we parked directly in front of Waterford’s small terminal building.
15 passengers disembarked in Waterford and the rest continued with us to Galway. No local passengers today who joined the flight so after only 20 minutes the flight crew started the 4 engines again. After a few minutes of waiting for an inbound Mooney we started taxiing to runway 21. With the brakes on and maximum thrust the flight crew released the brakes and we accelerated like a rocket and climbed in to the skies in no time. Soon the cruise altitude of 12000ft was reached for the short 25 minute flight to Galway.
Only 15 minutes later descending was started already and the approach went over the beautiful hills in the Galway area. At 13.05, 10 minutes early, we landed at Galway Carnmore Airport. The runway at this airport is even shorter, only 4000ft, the shortest one in my logbook where I have landed on a jet aircraft.
Galway Airport is very small, with Aer Arann being the only operator. The small terminal has 1 baggage carrousel, 4 check-in desks, a few car rental desks and a small departure lounge.
We decided to take the bus to the city of Galway, which took about 20-25 minutes. After arrival in town we discovered that this was the only bus service of the day and we have to take a taxi back to the airport.
Hotel Meyrick at Eyre Square
Wolf Tone Bridge
Inside the Eyre Square Shopping Centre
Back at Eyre Square
About one and a half hours later we arranged a taxi to drive us back to the airport. The ride took about 15-20 minutes, again through the nice scenery in the Galway area. The price was 15 euro’s including a tip, which is very reasonable compared to the prices in The Netherlands.
Back at the airport the check-in for our flight to Dublin was open. A friendly lady allocated us 2A and 3A. We headed to the departure lounge and bought some drinks and watched a helicopter doing some circuits around the airport. Shortly after 16.00 our aircraft landed, an ATR 72-212A in the new color scheme.
In the arrivals hall we called our hotel to pick us up and went outside to wait for the shuttle bus. After a short ride of about 5 minutes we arrived at the hotel, the Premier Inn Dublin Airport Hotel. For 90 euro per night per room it’s very good value for money. The room was spotless, with 2 comfy double beds, airconditiong, TV, tea and coffee making equipment and a very nice bathroom. After hanging around, dinner and watching some TV we went to bed at 01.00.
EICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8457 times:
Excellent trip report, one of the most enjoyable ive read. Its always nice to see reports & pics involving my local airport (DUB) & city never mind the lesser known regional airports an cities of Ireland. Ive been to WAT quite a few times ( thanks to summer holidays in the nearest town to the airport which would be Tramore). That was long before the RE days when the only flights where BA J41 to STN & Suckling Airways DO-228 to LTN. Ive never been to GWY before but ive drven past a few times so nice to see it included in a TR. Looking forward to reading part 2, Thanks for posting.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4429 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8375 times:
Nice report, gave a good impression.
Pity Aer Arann doesn't fly to Amsterdam anymore, I would like to try them again. (I flew them in 2001 in a Shorts 360 on Dublin-Sligo) .
How was the on board service, did many people buy something, or did noone bother?
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
What do you know - I logged this very same bird a bit over 2 months earlier. But not in Ireland, no no - instead on the most unlikely of routes: HEL-SJY . The explanation: FC was a bit short of planes and qualified pilots back then, so they wet leased one RE ATR to operate a few routes for six months or so.