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The Costa Del Sol With British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11392 times:

The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY

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Hi everyone, thanks for reading my newest trip report covering my trip was week to Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Back in July I got an email from Expedia announcing the planned launch of their Expedia® Elite Plus™ programme in the UK. As I had spent over 15 nights in hotels booked through Expedia (or else spent over £6,000 with Expedia) I was eligible for the club. Perks include:
• VIP Access™— Enjoy exclusive perks at select hotels, including complimentary upgrades and amenities
• Faster access to Customer Service— Get your calls answered first
• Exclusive travel deals

I was told that I’d get my membership pack in the post in September sometime. Nothing was heard, however, until November when I got an email saying:

We are working really hard to deliver a programme that offers the kind of value our best customers have come to expect, but need to postpone the launch while these benefits are finalised. Your continued patience is very much appreciated. In the meantime, just to say thanks for bearing with us, we have attached a £30 voucher below for you to use on your next Expedia trip.

Hmm, well better than nothing. There was a minimum spend of £150, but had to be more than just a flight. What should I do? I looked at a number of 1 or 2 night stays in Europe in places I’d not been before. Of course, what flights I could get was also an important consideration. I wanted something with a “proper” airline (not a “faux airline” as people on here increasingly like to call them!) from LHR, LGW or LCY. My shortlist was Faro, Malaga, Genoa, Verona, Thessaloniki and Turin. After a lot of comparing of flights and hotel, I elected to go to Malaga.

In the off season (which mid-week early December definitely falls into) BA have two flights most days, one from LGW and one from LCY. As a fan of the LCY Embraer fleet, I definitely wanted a trip back to LCY (almost mirroring akhmad’s September trip). Due to times and prices, I decided to fly out of LGW, and back into LCY.


With the moment left in the budget, and booked a nice looking 4* hotel in Mijas Costas, and a car for 2 days. Not bad for £120!

A few weeks after I booked this trip, I found an amazing fare to go to Moldova with Lufthansa, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. The problem was that I’d only get back from Moldova the evening before my flight to Malaga. After snow in Munich, I didn’t get back to London until nearly 2330, much later than planned. I then had to get a bus into London, and didn’t get to sleep until 2am.

After an all too brief sleep at my friend’s place near London Bridge, I caught the 0550 train to Gatwick Airport. Unsurprisingly, the train was pretty empty, so I got a block of seats to myself, and snoozed for the next half hour. Arriving into Gatwick, I took the shuttle train over from the South Terminal (where the station is) to the North Terminal where BA operates from.
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And off the shuttle entering the North Terminal
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Since I passed through LGW North last September enroute to Amsterdam, BA have moved things around a bit, and are now in a much emptier, spacious area opposite the EK desks.
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BA have introduced SSCI machines similar to those at LHR, but with the added facility (compulsory) bag tag printer
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I dropped my bag at one of the many bag desks. I asked the guy manning it if he could re-print my boarding pass (the machine printed a nasty thermo-paper one). He said that he couldn’t (which I think was probably a lie, the LHR people can).

From there I made my way to security. I walked past the “By invitation” premium screening area. Having my (expired) Silver card on me, I thought I’d see if I could get through the guy guarding the entrance had just let someone else in before me (I heard him saying “well, just this once”). I was told that I needed to have my boarding pass stamped as “fast track” or something, but would also let me though “just this once”. I don’t think he’s doing his job very well! (but thanks for letting me though). I have no idea how busy normal security was.

FIDS – a couple of Santa flights up to Lapland


Still feeling sleepy, and with no lounge to refresh myself in, I just sat in the centre of the departure hall watching the FIDS, eating an apple borrowed from the lounge in Munich the previous day. Thankfully, before too long, the gate flashed up on the screen.

These used to be water features. Now they are dry, and just look weird.
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Heading down to the gate
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BA’s little corner with GVA, VCE and AGP. The rest of the terminal seems to have turned orange.
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There was a rack of free reading material. I was delighted to see both a copy of the China Daily Europe (not the best newspaper, but an interesting read), and Business Traveller magazine – excellent reading material.


Less than 10 minutes after sitting down, we were invited to board.
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December 2011
London Gatwick (LGW) – Malaga (AGP)
British Airways BA 2712
Scheduled: 0740-1125 (2h45m)
Actual: 0756-1117 (2h21m)
Boeing 737-400 G-DOCW

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Strange cabin divider
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Just enough leg room. The flight was pretty full (I saw the manifest, 102 seats taken), but thankfully no one was sat in the middle seat. The captain came on and gave us a bit of info about the flight. Interesting to note, the entire crew were female, a first for me.
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I was a bit surprised that there were no announcements in Spanish at all. I guesstimate that around 50% of the pax were Spanish, so I really would have expected more of BA.

Still quite dark outside
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But getting lighter
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Taxiing past the Caribbean flights
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And DL (from ATL?)
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And plenty of U2
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We ended up rotating a few minutes late
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Cabin View
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Leaving the coast
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Service starting
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Around 40 minutes after take-off, I’m served breakfast. I think flights of this length from LHR get a hot breakfast (not 100%), but LGW don’t get that luxury. Still, breakfast was very nice. A chocolate pasty, a fruity muesli yoghurty thing, and a drinking yoghurt. Very nice, served with water and OJ.
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Included in the pack is a nice plastic bag….
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Old school fittings
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Clouds
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After the breakfast bag was taken away, I promptly fell asleep. Next thing I know and we’re twnty minutes away from Malaga. Excellent timing as I just managed to snap this before it moved out of view. It’s amazing how close ski areas are to the coast this far south.
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A rather precarious airstrip
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With the cabin secured for landing, we made a beautiful approach over the sea, landing a few minutes early.
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There wasn’t an awful lot happening this morning in Malaga. I guess in high season the place is rather different.
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I’d love to do this TP/Portugalia flight LIS-AGP. The Beechcraft are pretty rare in Europe
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Tarmac activity
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Off we get
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It was a bit of a walk to immigration, then a five minute wait for immigration
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Arrivals board – plenty of variety, with no one dominating the scene


The walk to baggage reclaim
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Once I’d picked up my bags, I was off to find the car rental place. I found APG airport to be a bit strangely laid out, and it took me a while t find the right place. I then had to go back up to the arrivals area to get a map, as the car place didn’t have one, and I got lost again.


Before too long, however, I was en route for Malaga City. First stop, lunch…


Having been fortified with some tasty food and wine, it was time to check out this beautiful city. I’ve not heard much about Malaga. DunaA320 took some nice pictures in his October report, but the city really need to be experienced to be truly appreciated. Here are just a few photos I took.

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After a few hours wondering around the old town, and with my wine digested, I drove off to find my hotel in Mijas Costa. Not the best place, but perfectly acceptable.
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With a full day between flights, and a car at my disposal, I headed off to the town of Ronda (thanks Suryo for the advice!) with a quick stop in Marbella: http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/malaga/CIMG8517.jpg
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Yes, this is Europe in December
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Mmm, tapas


From Marbella I headed to the hills of Andalucía. In around an hour I was in Ronda.
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The Spanish are fans of underground parking
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A rather nice lunch with a view of the famous bridge
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From Ronda, I decided to drive on a bit further to the little town of Grazalema, which apparently is the wettest place in Spain – lucky I was there on a sunny day! What a pretty little town.
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Gorgeous scenery on the drive home
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On my last morning, I decided to check out the beach
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Something’s not right here
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Instead of going straight back to the airport, I stopped for a look around the old town of Mijas, set up in the hills overlooking the seaside resorts
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Heading back to the airport
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As I was pulling in towards the car rental drop off, I saw a sign saying “museo”. Hmm, I still had a good two hours before my flight, might as well check it out.
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Turns out it was well worth the detour. The opening times are rather limited (check out http://www.aeroplaza.org/), but entrance is free, and it’s right next to the airport (about 1 km). there was a motley selection of vintage aircraft around. I was greeted by a friendly lady, and given a map.

Time to check out an old IB DC9 (EC-CGO, originally operated by Aviaco). Interestingly, this part has been here 9 years nearly to the day.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
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Stolen from Air India?


I couldn’t resist taking one of these – there were loads there….


Some vintage airport equipment
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Inside the hanger
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Outside
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Nice views of the general aviation area
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With a whirlwind tour of the museum over, I made my way back to the car rental area. Once again I got lost so I didn’t make it to check in until an hour before the flight. The terminal building in AGP is really stunning. Such a big open space. On a lonely December day it felt rather intimidating. I imagine mid-summer it feels completely packed.
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The BA desks. No queue at all, with most neighbouring desks devoid of staff and passengers. My bag was tagged, and boarding pass printed. I asked if I had a seat neighbour, and she told me that the plane was “completely empty”. Good news.
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The only queue I managed to find was for Brussels Airlines flight to BRU
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FIDS


Unsurprisingly there was basically no queue for security, and I was through in seconds.
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The MAD flight boarding
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Lots of empty flights
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Lots of bags going somewhere
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Nice empty terminal
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Finally my gate shows, so I headed over, and through immigration
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I was surprised that TK flew to AGP – looked quite busy too
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Looks like everyone here, time to board?
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I was rather surprised to find that we had a bus gate – I mean the airport is practically empty, plenty of space
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An IB bus to the plane. I counted 27 pax. I guess the inbound from LCY would have been full with weekending executives going to their holiday homes.
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Goodbye TK
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G-LCYN, a new reg for me. I’ve only done one other BA Embraer, LCYM nearly exactly a year earlier flying GLA-LCY
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December 2011
Malaga (AGP) – London City (LCY)
British Airways BA 8488
Scheduled: 1415-1600 (2h45m)
Actual: 1427-1543 (2h16m)
Embraer 190 G-LCYN



I was welcomed aboard, and the door was promptly shut after me.
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Thankfully, there was no one sat in the row ahead, so I had plenty of space and privacy for photos.
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Great legroom, even down at the back
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Despite the low load, we pushed back rather late
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Rear Galley


Safety card


Highlife Map
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I seemed to have timed my trip well as by the time we took off, the sky was rather overcast
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The Museo
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Nice empty cabin
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Following the coast
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Twenty minutes after take-off, the trolley reached my row. Following Suryo’s experience, I wasn’t expecting a much from the snack. However, I was offered a choice of veg or non-veg sandwiches. As the final passenger to be served, I asked for both (just for monitoring purposes you see!). both selections were actually two different sandwiches, so there were actually 4 sandwiches to choose from. Pretty good.
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A cup of water and a chocolate too
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Of course a couple of G&Ts as well


Time for some more reports?
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A nice view to write by
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Another drinks round. I asked for some sparkling water, but was told that it all went flat on the outbound. Sometime this year they stopped using mini-cans and started using bottles. I guess this the pay off for price.
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My seat – very comfy with a good recline


Some beautiful clouds
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Time for a last drink before we land
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The White Cliffs of Dover
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Thanks to a nicely padded schedule, we landed a quarter of an hour early
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What a lovely flight. Space, nice clouds, tasty sandwiches, free flowing G&Ts, and a comfy seat. Very nice indeed.
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You can see the queue for immigration from the plane. One of the joys of LCY is the incredibly short walk to immigration.
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Most people had disembarked by the time the back door was open, so I was the only go leaving that way
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Unlike most airports, the first thing you see when you get to the arrivals hall is the departure board for the trains
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Secondary for most passengers is the baggage reclaim info.
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Back home on the DLR
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So, all in all, a very nice trip. I had previously associated Malaga a being nothing but a gateway to one enormous budget bucket-and-spade resort, but it’s so much more. Malaga itself is a lovely town, and the perfect jumping off point to exploring the rest of the region. Given the plethora of cheap flights from all over Europe, I’ll definitely be back again soon.

BA performed exactly as expected. Nice and filling catering, professional crews, and lovely aircraft (well, the Embraer more than the vintage 734). Thankfully the no-rills competition has kept prices low, so bargain truips are easy to find out of season.

I hope you enjoyed reading.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, I



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11307 times:

What a superb TR Gab! I think you outdid yourself on this one. The photos of Malaga and its surroundings are amazing. If I remember correctly you flew out of LGW the same day that my dad was flying out of there. I'll check your photos once more in case I spot him somewhere 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d love to do this TP/Portugalia flight LIS-AGP. The Beechcraft are pretty rare in Europe

For real? I had no idea that Portugalia had Beechcrafts that even flew internationally. It would be so sweet to fly on one of them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, this is Europe in December

Ah, it reminds me of Greece when I was there last December.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Gorgeous scenery on the drive home

Man, that landscape looks almost fake.

Glad that your flights were pleasant enough and without any major problems. Malaga looks like a nice place indeed. Being a basketball fan, I've always wanted to combine a visit there with attending a game of Unicaja.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

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User currently offlineTravelsUK From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10888 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
then a five minute wait for immigration

I can't wok out the Spanish immigration procedures - I made several trips through ALC over the past year and not once were passports checked on arrival and no formal passport checks on departure either, unlike BCN or MAD, or AGP as you demonstrated.

Many thanks for an excellent TR which I really enjoyed reading!

Cheers!

Nik


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10864 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
What a superb TR Gab!

Thanks Stojan, very nice of you to say!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
I'll check your photos once more in case I spot him somewhere

Ha, good luck! Where was he off to?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):

For real? I had no idea that Portugalia had Beechcrafts that even flew internationally. It would be so sweet to fly on one of them.

Yup, twice a day. Not sure where else they dgo though

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Glad that your flights were pleasant enough and without any major problems. Malaga looks like a nice place indeed. Being a basketball fan, I've always wanted to combine a visit there with attending a game of Unicaja.

Definately take a trip down to Malaga, it's a very nice place indeed

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 3):
Many thanks for an excellent TR which I really enjoyed reading!

No problem Nik!

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 3):
I can't wok out the Spanish immigration procedures - I made several trips through ALC over the past year and not once were passports checked on arrival and no formal passport checks on departure either, unlike BCN or MAD, or AGP as you demonstrated.

Hmm, thats strange. There ought to be a passport check as you are entering Schengen from outside. Were you on charter flights? Maybe the airline sent all your passport info ahead and the flight was pre-cleared by Spanish immigration. I guess if the entire plane is full of British citizens, the Spanish are happy to do this, and save on man power.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27235 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10828 times:

Hey great report and what a nice museum. Never knew that existed.

A nice ride on the E Jet , always a good thing to do  

Thanks for the nice read and photos.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10765 times:

Hi Gab,

Another nice report, good to see those sunny pictures during these cold and miserable days up here in the North. The Costa del Sol area can be quite nice, especially off season like this when there aren't masses of tourists and even places like Puerto Banus are pleasant to have a stroll around. Go back in August and you'll be escaping to the mountains screaming in terror!  

Those mountain towns look very nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hi everyone, thanks for reading my newest trip report covering my trip was week to Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

Maybe you should put the thanks to the end - you don't know how many people actually read it all the way...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a minimum spend of £150, but had to be more than just a flight.

That sure got you a long way - traveling just isn't that expensive as it used to be.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My shortlist was Faro, Malaga, Genoa, Verona, Thessaloniki and Turin. After a lot of comparing of flights and hotel, I elected to go to Malaga.

I still think you should've gone to Genoa, if just for the gorgeous approach.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
These used to be water features. Now they are dry, and just look weird.

I didn't know that fixture used to have water. I always thought it was meant to resemble a jet engine (it does, look at your picture!).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Around 40 minutes after take-off, I’m served breakfast. I think flights of this length from LHR get a hot breakfast (not 100%), but LGW don’t get that luxury. Still, breakfast was very nice. A chocolate pasty, a fruity muesli yoghurty thing, and a drinking yoghurt. Very nice, served with water and OJ.

I didn't know they stopped serving the hot breakfasts ex-Gatwick, LCY and LHR do still get them. That's a shame as there's quite nothing like the BA hot breakfast. There's even somebody here on this board who flies a domestic BA flight every year just to get one  .

But still, it looks quite good.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather precarious airstrip

Once FR gets totally fed up with Aena they'll move here and call it "Malaga (High)".

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There wasn’t an awful lot happening this morning in Malaga. I guess in high season the place is rather different.

Yes, at least before the new T3 opened it was bursting at its seams. But the new terminal has lots of space so that should help. And Ryanair's tug-of-war with Aena has now cut down their flights so that should free some capacity as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d love to do this TP/Portugalia flight LIS-AGP. The Beechcraft are pretty rare in Europe

I was planning on doing that in the spring, connecting to the red eye LIS-HEL flight but arriving here 4.30 on a workday morning didn't really appeal that much to me so I booked that Air Finland Premium flight instead, and that was a helluva good experience! Still, some day...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once I’d picked up my bags, I was off to find the car rental place. I found APG airport to be a bit strangely laid out, and it took me a while t find the right place. I then had to go back up to the arrivals area to get a map, as the car place didn’t have one, and I got lost again.

Yes, the car parks are quite extensive there, back in May it took some time to find the rental car drop off place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve not heard much about Malaga. DunaA320 took some nice pictures in his October report, but the city really need to be experienced to be truly appreciated. Here are just a few photos I took.

Basically it is an industrial city and the outskirts and the commercial port can be quite ugly. But the fortress and the old town have their charm, very much evident in your pictures. It's just a shame that the majority of tourists head southwards from the airport, towards the Costa del Sol. But maybe that's good, it lets us keep Malaga our secret.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, this is Europe in December

Heh, I took a similar picture from Malaga when I was there mid-November. Needless to say the weather was dire in Helsinki that day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather nice lunch with a view of the famous bridge

That's town is really built in a gorgeous setting!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Something’s not right here

I know - they have no eyes! NO EYES! The horror.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I was pulling in towards the car rental drop off, I saw a sign saying “museo”. Hmm, I still had a good two hours before my flight, might as well check it out.

Interesting, I didn't know this museum existed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Outside

Wow, I had totally forgotten about that Kar-Air Metropolitan - although as I said I didn't know it was located in a museum, I thought it was just parked somewhere at the airport grounds. I definitely should stop by when I'm there the next time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was surprised that TK flew to AGP – looked quite busy too

Where don't they fly? They are the number one Star carrier when measured by number of distinct destinations served from their main hub, way ahead of LH for example.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was rather surprised to find that we had a bus gate – I mean the airport is practically empty, plenty of space

Well, maybe those jetways aren't certified or can't go low enough for the E-jets.

Or maybe Aena got pissed off because of their argument with Ryanair about the usage of jetways and decided to let no one use them...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
both selections were actually two different sandwiches, so there were actually 4 sandwiches to choose from. Pretty good.

Hey, that's quite generous and those look very good. Well done BACF.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a lovely flight. Space, nice clouds, tasty sandwiches, free flowing G&Ts, and a comfy seat. Very nice indeed.

That's BA and Citiflyer for you!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Yup, twice a day. Not sure where else they dgo though

Some lesser cities like VGO and BIO in Spain from LIS, maybe OPO as well.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10698 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Hey great report and what a nice museum. Never knew that existed.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Interesting, I didn't know this museum existed.

AGPs best kept secret!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
A nice ride on the E Jet , always a good thing to do

I do love those E jets

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Go back in August and you'll be escaping to the mountains screaming in terror!

I can imagine!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Maybe you should put the thanks to the end - you don't know how many people actually read it all the way...

Well, if they've clicked on it, it counts as a "hit"! Whether they actually read it for no is irrelvant : )

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
I still think you should've gone to Genoa, if just for the gorgeous approach.

Well, The Costa del Sol is a bit warmer this time of year. I would like to do that approach soon though

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Once FR gets totally fed up with Aena they'll move here and call it "Malaga (High)".

Ha

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
It's just a shame that the majority of tourists head southwards from the airport, towards the Costa del Sol. But maybe that's good, it lets us keep Malaga our secret.

Definately a good thing that the miss the city centre - don't wait to getting cluttered up

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Where don't they fly? They are the number one Star carrier when measured by number of distinct destinations served from their main hub, way ahead of LH for example.

Really? Spreading Turkish culture across Europe.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Hey, that's quite generous and those look very good. Well done BACF.

They were good. They've improved since Suryo's flight with a better range of sandwiches

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Some lesser cities like VGO and BIO in Spain from LIS, maybe OPO as well.

Interesting to know



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10492 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Where was he off to?

After visiting my sister in Bedford he was returning to Bulgaria by way of SKG with U2. Had you chosen to visit Thessaloniki instead of Malaga you could be flying with him. In case you ever decide to go there let me know so I can give you some inside info. I pretty much always fly there (and sometimes stick around for a couple of days) when I visit southern Bulgaria.



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1770 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10482 times:
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Good day Gabriel,

How nice you got to enjoy the lovely Malaga weather in Dec. Nice combo of aircraft as wel: a classic 734 and a more recent Jungle Jet. Nice approach into AGP it seems, reminds me of BCN but isn't this one perpendicular to land?
The aviation museum also seems worth a visit time permitting, that IB bird looks really worn down.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Included in the pack is a nice plastic bag%u2026.

How cheap a look.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Something%u2019s not right here

You know the Med's heavily polluted...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Great legroom, even down at the back

That's huge man!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10413 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Well, maybe those jetways aren't certified or can't go low enough for the E-jets.

Also, even if the jetbirdge can't cope, there was no need for the bus...we could have walked over the tarmac

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
After visiting my sister in Bedford he was returning to Bulgaria by way of SKG with U2. Had you chosen to visit Thessaloniki instead of Malaga you could be flying with him. In case you ever decide to go there let me know so I can give you some inside info. I pretty much always fly there (and sometimes stick around for a couple of days) when I visit southern Bulgaria.

Well, if I go to SKG, I'll let you know!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Good day Gabriel,

Ni Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):

How nice you got to enjoy the lovely Malaga weather in Dec.

I know, nice and sunny. Looked like the weekend weaterh wasn't as good

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
The aviation museum also seems worth a visit time permitting, that IB bird looks really worn down.

It's definately worth a trip. Very close to the terminal

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
How cheap a look.

Keeps the plane clean though

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
That's huge man!

I know!



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User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10403 times:

Another great report! Im new BA cabin crew at LHR and enjoy reading your BA reports! AGP I guess would be a band 3B flight and wouldnt get a full breakfast if it was flown from LHR, just a cold breakfast sandwich! Looking forward to reading some more!

User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10325 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice tripreport!
Really interesting to read about your BA flights to and from AGP.
Malaga with surroundings seems like a nice place to be, some really nice pictures!
That aviation museum looks interesting. That IB DC9 would probably be my personal highlight in there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As a fan of the LCY Embraer fleet, I definitely wanted a trip back to LCY

Good choice. After my failed attempt to log LCY with one of the BA E-Jets in September, I have now booked myself a trip there on the morning flight from ARN in March. So hopefully I'll experience one of those hot breakfasts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Yes, this is Europe in December

Well, for sure not my part of Europe!

Martin


User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2526 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10312 times:

A very nice trip report. I am still to use the new E Jets of BA. It seems that the service standards are better than those of LGW.

And I have noticed that the 734 have not all been refurbished with new seats as has been announced.

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 11):
Another great report! Im new BA cabin crew at LHR and enjoy reading your BA reports! AGP I guess would be a band 3B flight and wouldnt get a full breakfast if it was flown from LHR, just a cold breakfast sandwich! Looking forward to reading some more!

I am flying the morning 734 from LGW to TUN. Can I expect a hot breakfast there or will it be the same as the AGP one?



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10253 times:

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 11):
Another great report!

Thanks!

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 11):
AGP I guess would be a band 3B flight and wouldnt get a full breakfast if it was flown from LHR, just a cold breakfast sandwich!

I thought so, strange that LGW has worse catering that LHR/LCY - fares aren't necessarily lower

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):

Nice tripreport!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
That aviation museum looks interesting. That IB DC9 would probably be my personal highlight in there.

Shame that it was only the nose

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Well, for sure not my part of Europe!

Mine either!

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 13):
A very nice trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 13):
I am still to use the new E Jets of BA. It seems that the service standards are better than those of LGW.

Well, better catering, and much nicer planes. Staff are both good though

Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 13):
I am flying the morning 734 from LGW to TUN. Can I expect a hot breakfast there or will it be the same as the AGP one?

No, I don't think they do hot catering in Y from LGW except longhual



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10145 times:

Hi Gabriel,

I have been waiting for this report. Wow, it is like re-experiencing my own trip to Andalucía. Beautiful pictures and great story. I love it!   



Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As a fan of the LCY Embraer fleet, I definitely wanted a trip back to LCY (almost mirroring akhmad’s September trip).

Thank you for the reference.  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And off the shuttle entering the North Terminal

Nice to see how the public side of North Terminal looks nowadays.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but with the added facility (compulsory) bag tag printer

Cool! I would not mind trying it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was a bit surprised that there were no announcements in Spanish at all. I guesstimate that around 50% of the pax were Spanish, so I really would have expected more of BA

There were no announcements in Spanish as well on our AGP bound flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Included in the pack is a nice plastic bag….

Not the stylish one like we got on LCY-AMS.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A rather precarious airstrip

Possibly not a designated spot for emergency landing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
we made a beautiful approach over the sea,

I had to miss it earlier. Thank you for sharing the scenery.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Here are just a few photos I took

We just have to return to Malaga to discover more of the city.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed off to the town of Ronda (thanks Suryo for the advice!)

My pleasure!  


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, this is Europe in December

I believe you. One of many beautiful orange tree squares.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Mmm, tapas

How I miss them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to drive on a bit further to the little town of Grazalema, which apparently is the wettest place in Spain – lucky I was there on a sunny day!
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I stopped for a look around the old town of Mijas

I have yet to discover these places.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Something’s not right here

Hmm, unauthorized fishing or water pollution?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Turns out it was well worth the detour.

Again a missed opportunity. More reason to come back.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Stolen from Air India?

Let’s say a courtesy of Air India?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I imagine mid-summer it feels completely packed.

Agreed. I had seen nothing yet last September.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was rather surprised to find that we had a bus gate

Pleasantly surprised, I assume.  
It seems standard procedure for BA’s ex-LCY flights.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
G-LCYN

My plane as well!   


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
the sky was rather overcast

Still better weather than we had on our departure from AGP.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Following Suryo’s experience, I wasn’t expecting a much from the snack. However, I was offered a choice of veg or non-veg sandwiches

Wow, I am surprised. More substantial and better presentation.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Of course a couple of G&Ts as well

And what a couple! 


Thanks again for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10137 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was a bit surprised that there were no announcements in Spanish at all. I guesstimate that around 50% of the pax were Spanish, so I really would have expected more of BA.

Interestingly I flew DOCW back from Marseilles this year and there was a taped safety announcement in French, maybe just depends on the crew switching it on!


User currently onlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2179 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9969 times:

Hi Gabriel

Thanks for posting another excellent report, shame it had to end. Nice to see a certain EI aircraft on the ground at AGP  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9956 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
I have been waiting for this report. Wow, it is like re-experiencing my own trip to Andalucía. Beautiful pictures and great story. I love it!

You're was a hard act to follow!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Thank you for the reference.

No problem

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Possibly not a designated spot for emergency landing.

No, I don't think so!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
How I miss them.

Me too

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
I have yet to discover these places.

Well, there are lots of places to check out

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Wow, I am surprised. More substantial and better presentation.

Much better

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 16):
Interestingly I flew DOCW back from Marseilles this year and there was a taped safety announcement in French, maybe just depends on the crew switching it on!

The LCY crew didn't play a language tape either - one thing that always happens with LHR crew



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9731 times:

Hey gabrielchew! Loved the TR, and thanks for sharing some of the Malaga pics. And I must say those evening pics you took over the south east were stunning! Cheers.


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9691 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
Hey gabrielchew!

Hi!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
Loved the TR,

Thanks

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
and thanks for sharing some of the Malaga pics

No problem, glad you liked them



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9597 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Malaga looks very nice and glad that you did some excursions but I'm surprised you didn't take time to go to see the Alhambra in Granada. At least you got to Ronda which looks very nice as well.

BA looks good but the sandwiches on the return are not to my taste at all, any of them, yuck!

The Embraer looks much more comfortable than the 734.

Looking forward to your African adventure!

The777Man



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9413 times:

Hey there Gabriel Chew Chew, great report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I wanted something with a “proper” airline (not a “faux airline” as people on here increasingly like to call them!)

Well that's exactly what they are. I'm just stating the obvious  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still feeling sleepy, and with no lounge to refresh myself in,

Now that must be quite the bummer. I know some lounges confiscate expired status cards if the holder tries to enter with an old card.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, breakfast was very nice. A chocolate pasty, a fruity muesli yoghurty thing, and a drinking yoghurt. Very nice, served with water and OJ.

That looks very nice and generous, job well done BA! Still interesting that they have different service concepts depending on the departing airport.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d love to do this TP/Portugalia flight LIS-AGP. The Beechcraft are pretty rare in Europe

I had no idea they flew the 1900D. Suppose this would be a good reason for P to fly down there and catch it?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
G-LCYN, a new reg for me. I’ve only done one other BA Embraer, LCYM nearly exactly a year earlier flying GLA-LCY

Somehow those pics give me a feeling of de-javu, they look exactly IDENTICAL to Suryo's!

All in all, seemed like BA delivered great service for a great price! Any plans on getting back that BA Silver card?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9191 times:

Hi Gabriel

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing! Nice to see a BA report from LGW, seems like a lot has changed
The museum pics look interesting too, as well as the sunset on your AGP-LCY flight.
Fun to see that my reports have been red at a 35 000 ft.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9023 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

well done to catch AGP with these Exp. voucher. Nothing to know here in Germany about these offer. Also nice landsape pictures. really good to follow with Malaga downtown and Ronda also in the books.

BA looks for sure ok here, especially the inbound leg.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
25 ba319-131 : Hi GC, Another great read, loved the pictures and info on the areas you visited, I really must get myself out there, even if just for a few days like
26 CaptainRed : Hi Gabriel, very nice report, thanks a lot for putting it together. I think to go to AGP was a good choice, Andalucia is definitely a special place. A
27 gabrielchew : Thanks! I would have liked to have done Granada too, but there just wasn't enough time. To have done Ronda and Granada would have been +5 hours drivi
28 LXM83 : Hello gabrielchew Nice report, thanks a lot for posting. Always nice not to have to fly back and forth on the same route with the same aircraft type!
29 PlaneHunter : Hi Gabriel, nice report with many good pictures! Lovely impressions from the Costa del Sol! That's really good indeed. You should fly to HOQ one day -
30 gabrielchew : Hi! Yeh, was nice to get two differnet planes and routes Thanks! Well, it's a lovely place! I'd like to try HOQ, but there aren't many routes out of
31 lukeyboy95 : Hi Gabriel... will try keep this short. Nice TR. Normally I sniff at BA reports not originating from LHR, but I really enjoyed this one.... Looks pret
32 AlwaysOnAPlane : Hiya Gabe. Nice report and a good idea for some winter warmth. Ah yea, I remember this got a mention on the LGW airport show a couple of months ago. A
33 gabrielchew : Thanks, and no problem! Yeah, was nice to mix the two fleets/crew together A tasty combo I never would have thought of myself LHR isn't the be all an
34 Post contains images signol : Hi Gabriel, nice continuation to your mini-series Looks like a good deal. How did you feel after driving after such a short night, especially on the r
35 gabrielchew : Thanks! Well, i've felt better, but I'm mstill young and flexuible, so took it in my stride! Yeah, Andalucia has some lovely and not so lovely towns
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