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Stunning Alpine Views – LGW To Innsbruck On EZY  
User currently offlineIL62Mdakar From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

This will be a shorter photo heavy trip report as the flight was on a boring airline – Easyjet – and as such was uneventful. However the dramatic scenery around Innsbruck airport on a brilliant day produced some stunning pictures that I think might well be worth sharing.

Growing up in Munich I have visited INN airport regularly since my interest in aviation started but never managed to fly in or out. Since I moved to London I always looked at options to fly INN on a visit home but somehow flights were always not suitable, too expensive or package only. Finally this Easter EZY had a good offer on the morning flight out of LGW as the winter season drew to an end while flights to Munich were actually already quite expensive. So a perfect match.

A 7.10 departure, at least an hour later than my usual 6.10 EZY departure to Munich, required an early start on good Friday. I reached well in time and joined the long queues at security. As expected LGW was pretty busy before the two consecutive long bank holiday weekends for Easter and the Royal wedding. Quite a few people got delayed in the queues and weren’t allowed front by LGW staff even if their gate was closing in a few minutes. Not sure if everybody made it o their flight. I still had time for a breakfast before heading to the gate.

EZY A319 G-EZFL

Passengers were a mix of Austrians and Italians from nearby South Tirol, predominantly students and others living in London on their way for a Easter at home rather than tourists and tourists looking forward to the Alps. The flight was probably 85% full however there was another flight from LGW to INN a few hours later which must have had a better load judging on the ticket prices.

Apologies in advance for the spots in the pictures but unfortunately I didn’t realize and didn’t clean my sensor before the trip.

MON with extra titles for the Royal Wedding a week later.
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TCX in the special Egypt advertising colors.
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Monarch’s long haul fleet.
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A few former BA B757 returned to LGW after a few years of absence awaiting their fate.
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The rest of the flight was uneventful. We passed west of Munich over Augsburg.
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And its Airport
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Starting our descent over the lakes south of Munich to reach the alps and enter the Inn valley in which Innsbruck and its airport are situated. I checked the winds the day before to select a seat on the right hand side, and as expected we approached straight from the East. Easterly winds would have meant an even more spectacular approach as aircraft tend to fly in through the Inn valley from the East and then pass the airport to perform a spectacular U-turn in the valley. Well something for next time.
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Entering the INN valey.
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The mountains are coming closer and closer. Not much too say just enjoy the scenery.
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However when approaching from the East the final approach leads straight over the city center and its sights. Due to lack of space in the narrow valley houses are built right up to the airport fence offering some spectacular views.

Although the eastern outskirts are not that scenic.
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The main attraction of Innsbruck “Goldenes Dachel” (Golfen Roof). (on the bottom right near the church tower)

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Former Austrian Arrows Dash 8-300 outside the Tyrolean hangar.
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Local airline Welcome Air.
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As you can see already INN is quite popular with business jets.
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After deboarding I could notice that quite a few fellow passengers were impressed by the stunning surroundings as well and started taking photographs of the plane, posing in front of it etc. In the process they walked off quite far on to the apron but nobody seemed to mind. So I used the chance for a few more impressions as well.
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Note the British registered car of the EZY station manager.
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Nice touch to welcome guest in several languages.
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Some aircraft models were displayed in the first floor of the terminal building.

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After arrival I went onto the viewing balcony for a bit to take pictures of a few arrivals and departures.

EZY leaving back to LGW.
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Austrian to Vienna
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Air Berlin from DUS
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And quite a few private jets …

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Unfortunately a new building extension makes photography a bit harder now from the viewing balcony. But for anybody spending more time in INN there are plenty of scenic spots to take pictures along the perimeter.
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For the first time the way back to London was by car rather than by plane so there won’t a report about a return flight. However I couldn’t resist a few short stops on the way so here a few aviation related photos.

Tiny Zweibruecken Airport near Saarbruecken which now handles the majority of charter flights in this area since TUifly moved its operations from Saarbruecken due to the longer runway. This former military airfield had one of the most basic terminals of any conversion airport that I have ever seen. The departure hall is literally an old army barrack fitted with cheap carpets and a few check in counters. The toilets are in porta cabins attached to the building. Well in a way I prefer this low cost approach as far too many airports in this category, especially in Germany, build a fancy terminal for millions and end up with a few Ryanair flights a week, which doesn’t really pay the bills.

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Tuifly seems to have a lot of those A310 models in the latets Tuiflly livery, that actually never existed on an Airbus. Memmingen has one as well and now Tuifly doesn’t even fly there anymore.

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A few freighters in LUX.
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Finally I always wanted to visit the small airfield of Merville in North Western France between Lille and Calais. This remote airfield is home to a few stored classic airliners thanks to the IAAH maintenance and flying school. When we arrived all gates were open but signs indicated that it was forbidden to enter the property. The reception building was deserted on a Easter Monday but after a few minutes a car with a flying trainer and 2 Chinese students arrived to get their meteo information. He indicated that I should enquire across the road in the bungalow. After ringing a few times a nice lady opened the door and photography was “pas de problem”.
So here we go. It looks like the Viscount is now on display rather then used for training.
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The Air Inter Super Caravelle still looks quite good.
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While the former AF B727-200 looks a bit faded.
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And the Nord Atlas misses a few bits.
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Apparently there is another former Air France Caravelle in one of the hangars but since they were all looked up I didn’t bother to ask. Across the runway in the grass were the remains of a former AF B747 cockpit section.

And finally arriving back in the UK. This time not via LHR, LGW, LCY or STN.
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I hope you enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Innsbruck airport. I certainly can recommend a flight and don’t think it was my last flight to INN.

Thank you for reading.
Feel free to ask questions and give any feedback or comments.

13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7441 times:

Thanks for the interesting landing pics in Innsbruck.

I flew Air Inter Viscounts from Paris to Lyon in the early 1960s. Nowadays though the train trip is only 2 hours. Brought back memories.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6883 times:

Hi Ilyuishin,

What stunning pictures you have there! INN has been a while in my TOFLY list due to the impressive scenery, but never gotten around doing it as it hasn't exactly been an affordable destination so far. With Ezy and AB now making a regular appearance there maybe I will finally have a chance - your photos certainly make me want to do so!

Would love to fly WelcomeAir one day, I kinda like their milk run SVG-GOT-HAJ-GRZ-INN (maybe I forgot some stops?).


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6221 times:
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Hello IL62Mdakar,

Nice picturesque report! When scrolling down it's just like a movie, the views from your seat must've been stunning indeed. I was wondering how the loadfactor was since it is summer season and INN is a typical winter destination?
INN is also on my list but direct flights from BRU are non-existent (last year Transavia flew twice weekly from BRU to INN in the winter season but this year no more...) and connecting flights with Austrian are much too expensive. EZY is a good option but timings are not so good for me. Well, we will find a way someday will we?

Thanks,
(Sulta)Nils

[Edited 2011-06-09 00:03:03]


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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

Hello,

What a lovely report. INN is on my to do list as well and has been for some time. Your stunning pictures have proven to me that it's finally time to fly there. I think it must be one of the most impressive approaches in Europe.

Interesting to hear that plenty of Austrians are using the route and it's not just for the UK tourists, hope this route is one to stay.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5778 times:

Hi there!

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Thread starter):
the flight was on a boring airline – Easyjet

Easyjet might be nothing new to you - but remember - no airline is a boring airline! At least if you aske me  
Quoting IL62Mdakar (Thread starter):
However the dramatic scenery around Innsbruck airport on a brilliant day produced some stunning pictures that I think might well be worth sharing.

That really is true, thanks for sharing these amazing views!

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Thread starter):
Passengers were a mix of Austrians and Italians from nearby South Tirol, predominantly students and others living in London on their way for a Easter at home rather than tourists and tourists looking forward to the Alps.

Interesting to hear - really would have thought that there would have been more "traditional" tourists onboard your flight.

Quoting IL62Mdakar (Thread starter):
Local airline Welcome Air.

Oh dear, what a good looking bird!

Thanks for sharing with us and all the best!

Cheers
717Flyer


User currently offlineIL62Mdakar From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Thank you for all the nice feedback so far. I will answer more detailed to your comments on the weekend.

All pics (bar one for reasons unknown to me) are back online now and should be visible. Try refreshing if they don’t show immediately and let me know if there is still a problem so I can look into photobucket.


User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5137 times:

Couldn't view well over half of the pictures due to exceeding bandwidth but what I could see. looked good.

User currently offlineIL62Mdakar From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5127 times:

Seems to be a bit hit and miss at the moment. Try deleting cache and refreshing.

Photobucket support is looking into it at the moment as there shouldn’t be a bandwidth problem.


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

Really liked the photos of the Alps. Aircraft and high mountains are a great combination anyway...

What made you go back by car? Just to stop at the multiple airports?

And where did you take the last photo? From a car-ferry?


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4441 times:
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Hi IL62Mdakar,

Nice report and excellent pix, thanks for sharing.

The INN landing reminds me yet again I want to visit this place, I'd love to go over the new year period when all the Russians fly in, I understand it get's very busy!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 262 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Hey IL62Mdakar,

Thanks for this report! I've always wanted to fly into INN, and this report provided what felt like a first-hand experience of the landing. Great photos!

Cheers,
BZNPilot


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report. I like Easyjet too. They are a cool airline. Just wanted to ask did you notice any of the changes at Gatwick now that new management has taken over. I know that there's lots of work going on at the moment but hopefully things are getting better. You had some really nice pics of Innsbruck when on final approach. Do pilots need any special training to fly into the airport? I've only flown into it in flightsim! Also who did you cross the channel with. That's a really nice pic of the cliffs of Dover. P&O or Norfolkline or SeaFrance? Did you like the ferry trip?

Many thanks,.

Pierre


User currently offlineIL62Mdakar From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

First of all thank you for all the nice comments. I was a bit busy last week so I didn’t have time to reply earlier.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
With Ezy and AB now making a regular appearance there maybe I will finally have a chance - your photos certainly make me want to do so!

Exactly what stopped me for such a long time. But you are right EZY and AB definitely offer a whole lot of new possibilities.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Would love to fly WelcomeAir one day, I kinda like their milk run SVG-GOT-HAJ-GRZ-INN (maybe I forgot some stops?).

Welcome Air’s milkman run must be one of the strangest routes in Europe. I always wondered who actually needs to go from Stavanger to Graz (hardly an oil hub) , and if so choose a flight on a DO-328 with 3 stops….Who outside a.net would do that!  
But Welcome air actually offers good fares starting from €49 from INN to Graz or Italy. Not too bad for a flight on a Do-328 and maybe an option to combine with an EZY7AB flight.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
INN is also on my list but direct flights from BRU are non-existent (last year Transavia flew twice weekly from BRU to INN in the winter season but this year no more...) and connecting flights with Austrian are much too expensive. EZY is a good option but timings are not so good for me. Well, we will find a way someday will we?

Getting a flight from BRU seems indeed difficult. Maybe you should consider going to AMS or DUS/CGN for a more affordable flight.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 4):
I think it must be one of the most impressive approaches in Europe.

I definitely think so. Especially as other alpine airports like Samedan or Sion have no or only limited scheduled service. I also like to fly to Lugano one day though.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 5):


Quoting IL62Mdakar (Thread starter):
Passengers were a mix of Austrians and Italians from nearby South Tirol, predominantly students and others living in London on their way for a Easter at home rather than tourists and tourists looking forward to the Alps.

Interesting to hear - really would have thought that there would have been more "traditional" tourists onboard your flight.

I guess it had a lot to do with the date just before Easter when people go home to spend time with their families. While people from all over the world live in London, I am not aware of a particularly large Tyrolean community that could sustain a flight.  
Quoting CARST (Reply 9):
What made you go back by car? Just to stop at the multiple airports?

I came back by car with my parents this time who prefer to drive. The stops where just made to make the trip more exiting.

Quoting CARST (Reply 9):
And where did you take the last photo? From a car-ferry?

That’s the White cliffs of Diver from the ferry just before entering the port of Dover.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 10):
I'd love to go over the new year period when all the Russians fly in, I understand it get's very busy!

That weekend gets very busy indeed but Innsbruck always had less traffic from Russia than Salzburg. Of the Russian types only the YAK-42 was allowed/could fly in. As far as I know now there are only a few flights mainly by SU and S7 Airbus. But INN gets a lot of Bizjets from Russia.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 11):
Thanks for this report! I've always wanted to fly into INN, and this report provided what felt like a first-hand experience of the landing. Great photos!

Thanks for the comment. As I said, just can recommend it.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 12):
I like Easyjet too. They are a cool airline.

Well I had a few bad experiences with them and now probably just got a bit bored of EZY as I use them far too often for convenience out of LGW, as most of the time there isn’t an alternative.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 12):
Just wanted to ask did you notice any of the changes at Gatwick now that new management has taken over.

There is defiantly a lot of construction going on and they are getting rid of some shops for extra security control. I don’t think that would have happened with the BAA.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 12):
Also who did you cross the channel with. That's a really nice pic of the cliffs of Dover. P&O or Norfolkline or SeaFrance? Did you like the ferry trip?

We used P&O. My parents usually prefer P&O as they allow you to go on the next available ferry if you arrive a bit early. Same happened on this crossing. We arrived about an hour before our departure and got on an earlier one that wasn’t even in the schedule. Sea France let you wait or pay a premium for that. I have to admit I actually quite liked the ferry crossing. It’s a different way f approaching England. I never did Calais to Dover before.


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