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Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8760 times:

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Hello, and welcome to my 84th Trip Report!

Scotland in a day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW

Following in the wake of jwhite9185’s report on basically the same routing, I thought I’d post my experience. This would be my first time flying with the UK largest regional airline, FlyBE. Thanks to jwhite9185 mentioning the FlyBE sale, I had a look at their website, and found some excellent fares from Scotland to London via Belfast. I was about to book EDI-BHD-LGW for GBP 52 until I checked Glasgow fare….GLA-BHD-LGW for £42…booked! How to get to Glasgow? After evaluating the various options, I decided on following gpbcroppers63‘s experience and try out my first UK sleeper bus. This overnight service from London Victoria to Glasgow was £35, and much cheaper than the Caledonian Sleeper train (a service that I’d love to try, but have yet to find a decent fare on).

Here’s my route, courtesy of GC Mapper


After a few drinks with friends over near Liverpool Street, I arrived at Victoria coach station around 2330, which gave me enough time to find the bus, queue, board and find my bunk.

June 2012
London Victoria - Glasgow Buchanan
Megabus S11
Scheduled: 2355-0745 (7h50m)
Actual: 2357-0718 (7h21m)
Sleeper WLT 917

The bus was clean, and well laid out, with everyone assigned a bunk and a seat. The one toilet on board got quite revolting very quickly however. I decided to hop into bed before we pulled out of the station, whilst most other pax were asked to stay seated until we got to the motorway to avoid people falling over as we negotiated the roads of the capital.

On the Megabus the next morning
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Breakfast. Drinks in the form of “juice” or water was handed out in little bottles. Of course this being Scotland, “juice” was actually Irn-Bru. Haha. An amenity kit of an eye mask, toothbrush kit and a luggage tag were also given out.


The bunk. The bunk itself was quite nice, with a plug socket and reading light, but it was waaay to coffin like for my liking. My nose was about 3 inches from the ceiling. Also, I was right at the back, so it was quite noisy. The swaying of the bus too made me feel quite sick, so I didn’t get much sleep.
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The bus resting upon arrival at Buchanan Station.
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I had a few hours to while away in Glasgow. First stop was Wetherspoons for some breakfast. It was slightly embarrassing for me to walk through the doors at 8am for breakfast given that I’d only left my previous Wetherspoon some nine hours previously! For those of your unfamiliar with the brand, they are generally a cheap, lower end place to drink, and some of their establishments and clientele are rather questionable. Still, the Glasgow location I chose was actually very nice (and sparkling clean).


Eggs benedict for breakfast
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Some Olympic Rings…whilst London is paying for it, it seems like the entire country has the right to “be Olympian”
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After a relaxing hour or so, I headed over to the other side of the square for a guide tour of
Glasgow City Chambers (City Hall)
The tour was free and lasted just over an hour…beautiful buildinghttp://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/flybe/DSCF2591.jpg.

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After the tour, I headed past the Museum of Modern Art to Tesco to pick up some lunch, before going to Glasgow Central station for the train out of the airport.
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The train/bus combo is actually the cheapest and fastest route out to the airport – certainly better than the rip off express bus.
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I arrived in GLA at 1225, giving me plenty of time to check in and find the gate.
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I had checked in for the GLA-BHD leg online (and been given an aisle seat, without the option of changing). I went to a SSCI machine, where it only spat a boarding pass for this sector as well. I went over to the desk where a very friendly lady printed both boarding passes for me (on proper cardboard passes), as well as changing my seats to ones I requested…excellent service here in GLA!
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FIDS


Security was quick and easy, and before I knew it, I was airside. There wasn’t much happening today.

The new service to MAD had just left
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KL and EK were in town
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The LGW flight
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I LOVE a ride on one of these out to Barra (the sand runway one)
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Going somewhere sunny
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Just over half an hour before departure, the gate flashed up on the screen, so I wondered over to the UK pier.
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I was rather surprised to see that the flight was supposedly boarding
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I was even more surprised at the gate to see that there was no one left in the lounge, save two members of staff. Clearly they wanted an early departure. My boarding pass was scanned, and I was let onto the tarmac.

June 2012
Glasgow (GLA) – Belfast City (BHD)
Flybe BE 134
Scheduled: 1410-1455 (0h45m)
Actual: 1401-1426 (0h25m)
De Havilland Dash 8
Economy G-JEDM



No problems with photos on the tarmac
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I thought I might as well use the back door
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Reasonable legroom
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The cabin was pretty empty (well, it was midday Tuesday), and the doors finally closed with about 20 people on board.
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Off we go, taking off 9 minutes early
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This could almost be London and the Thames
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The back page of the magazine
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Fleet info


All our Olympic diving hopes are on the shoulders of Tom Daley


Safety card


Seemingly only minutes after leaving Glasgow, and we are on approach to Belfast. The two crew did a lightning quick tour of the cabin with their trolley, but nobody bought anything.
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Welcome to Belfast!
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I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.
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http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8774 times:

Sorry, see below

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[Edited 2012-07-12 14:41:55]


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

Unfortunately there is no direct transfer available in Belfast, so I had to go out via arrivals to the departures hall. There’s an IKEA just 200 m from the terminal, so I thought given my over 2 hour connection I’d walk over, have a browse and get something to eat. Unfortunately, despite being so close, walking there is basically impossible - the only option was a taxi going on a nice loop-the-loop for a few miles before ending up next door.

As IKEA was a hassle, I decided to just go through security, and maybe go for a drink in the bar. There wasn’t queue for security, but it did take a long time. Something in my bag caused the screener to put my bag aside. He then took everything out (there was a lot of stuff in it), then rescanned the bag, searched through everything again, before inviting me to put everything back in. Thanks. This happened a few weeks ago, so I’ve forgotten exactly what happened. The long and short of it was that I was unhappy with exactly how the screening was carried out, and found an obvious flaw in what they were doing. Upon pointing out the problem, I was told (by the head of G4S Security at BHD (the same company that have just realised that they can come up with the contracted number of staff for the Olympics) ) that if they did it my way (i.e. checking everyone’s bags thoroughly) it would “take ages” and “put people off flying”. Good to see it was just my time wasted, and this it's all just for show. What made this even more galling was the fact that on a UK-UK domestic connection, there is no need to re-pass security, it was just the poor layout of BHD that made it necessary.

With the fun at security over, I headed upstairs. Unfortunately, the bar was full (the evening is really busy with commuters). In fact most of the terminal was full. There was way too little seating in public (i.e. not in bars/cafes), with a lot of people left standing up. I wandered over to the FlyBE lounge hoping to escape the crowds and buy my way in. Sadly, I was told by the lady on the desk that you had to pay the check in desk, thus entails anther trip through security…no thanks.

Watching the endless parade of Flybe machines
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This was the only non-Flybe machine that I saw that day. Shame to think now that in a few short weeks, bmi/bmibaby have completely left Belfast.
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My plane pulling in
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Heading to the gate.
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June 2012
Belfast City (BHD) – London Gatwick (LGW)
Flybe BE 973
Scheduled: 1735-1900 (1h25m)
Actual: 1742-1851 (1h09m)
Embraer 190LR
Economy G-FBEK


I was one of the first on…shame about the rain
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Safety card


Menu
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The cabin was pretty busy
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Legroom is nowhere as good as on the BA E190s
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Off we go
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There were views of the city, but nowhere as nice last my last trip to Belfast .

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It’s sunny above the clouds at least
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As I didn’t get a drink in the airport, I order a couple of tonics. I’m in row 4, and the first person to buy anything…judging by the conversation with the row behind, I bought the last of them too. The table is quite wonky, so I have to hold one glass, and wedge the other into the pocket.
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Back down to a grey and miserable earth
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Touch down nine minutes early
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There’s not much happening this evening
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We’re let off into a grubby bit of the South Terminal that I’ve not been to before. (that’s not my plane before someone points out that’s not a E190!)
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We’re handed a little piece of paper as we disembark, to prove that we are arriving domestic passengers.
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It’s a little weird that there was this large Air Transat check in area BEFORE the exit.
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Domestic arrivals is a hidden in a little corner, so you have to walk pass the other check in desks to get to the train station.
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Before long I was on the train heading home. So, overall, it was a nice, if not rather tiring, day out.

To sum up:

Sleeper Megabus: Nice idea, but I didn’t get any sleep
Glasgow: Nice city, check out the City Chambers
GLA: Not a bad airport
Flybe: No complaints, especially give the fare I got
BHD: Not a fan. Poor security, and not enough seating

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
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, and AA 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, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8702 times:

Hey Gabriel, nice little report. I never pass up the opportunity to comment on TR that involves Scotland, a place I called home for so many years.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Breakfast. Drinks in the form of %u201Cjuice%u201D or water was handed out in little bottles. Of course this being Scotland, %u201Cjuice%u201D was actually Irn-Bru. Haha. An amenity kit of an eye mask, toothbrush kit and a luggage tag were also given out.

Megabus gives away drinks and snacks? I must say I'm impressed. I'm guessing this is the case only for the sleeper service? I tried to use Megabus once (Inverness to Perth) but my experience with them lasted only 5 minutes. While on the highway (somewhere in the woods out of town) we had to be dropped off as the buddy I was traveling with had "to go" urgently. We ended up walking back to town to get the last train south .

IRN-BRU! I miss it so much. Very nutritional! 
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
There was way too little seating in public (i.e. not in bars/cafes), with a lot of people left standing up.

I had a similar experience at BHD. I wonder if they've done it on purpose.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Domestic arrivals is a hidden in a little corner, so you have to walk pass the other check in desks to get to the train station.

Mt. Pleasant! I'm assuming it's the one in the Falklands and not the town in Iowa I was looking trains fares for this morning?   Do you have to be military personnel to fly this route, I wonder? Also I'm curious to know how expensive tickets to MPN are from SCL with LAN.

Thanks for sharing  

Widebodyroga



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8670 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
Megabus gives away drinks and snacks? I must say I'm impressed. I'm guessing this is the case only for the sleeper service?

Yes, drinks/breakfast/assort junk is only on the sleeper service.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
IRN-BRU! I miss it so much. Very nutritional!

Ha, yes, very nutrional, but I think describing it as "juice" might be a *little* misleading!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
I had a similar experience at BHD. I wonder if they've done it on purpose.

To annoy people?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 3):
Mt. Pleasant! I'm assuming it's the one in the Falklands and not the town in Iowa I was looking trains fares for this morning? Do you have to be military personnel to fly this route, I wonder? Also I'm curious to know how expensive tickets to MPN are from SCL with LAN.

Yes, the Falklands. You don't need to be military...indeed even the Military charter from RAF Brize Norton takes civilians, but it's not cheap, and I guess neither would LAN be



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User currently offlinerichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8463 times:

Hi

Thanks for spending the time on this trip report, good read!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
What made this even more galling was the fact that on a UK-UK domestic connection, there is no need to re-pass security, it was just the poor layout of BHD that made it necessary.

I don't think many passengers connect at Belfast City  

Go back a few years before the current terminal was built and BHD was little more than a metal shed with a shop and cafe. It was really basic.

Then they build the current terminal building, originally departures were on the ground floor. The cafe area upstairs was much smaller and it was before security. Over time they have extended the upstairs, added a few shops and removed seating. (The area where the Irish gift shop is and to the left of that was at one time all seating)

My view is that BHD needs a longer runway, larger terminal and this would attract more airlines and routes. However its unlikely to happen due to local residents. Plus you have a much larger airport 13 miles away, with few local residents and lots more space.

Alex


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8229 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I was told (by the head of G4S Security at BHD (the same company that have just realised that they can come up with the contracted number of staff for the Olympics) )

Sorry, that should have read "CAN'T come up with"

Quoting richcandy (Reply 5):
Thanks for spending the time on this trip report, good read!

Glad you liked it!

Quoting richcandy (Reply 5):
I don't think many passengers connect at Belfast City

No, I think they are definately in the minority!

Quoting richcandy (Reply 5):

Go back a few years before the current terminal was built and BHD was little more than a metal shed with a shop and cafe. It was really basic.
Then they build the current terminal building, originally departures were on the ground floor. The cafe area upstairs was much smaller and it was before security. Over time they have extended the upstairs, added a few shops and removed seating. (The area where the Irish gift shop is and to the left of that was at one time all seating)
My view is that BHD needs a longer runway, larger terminal and this would attract more airlines and routes. However its unlikely to happen due to local residents. Plus you have a much larger airport 13 miles away, with few local residents and lots more space.

Interesting to hear how it's evolved over the years. They could definately do with adding a bit more seating...it can't be that hard, can it?



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8185 times:

Hi Gab, you seem to be on a roll recently with your reports (and transiently, with your travels as well...)!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Hello, and welcome to my 84th Trip Report!

Wow, so many already? We need a special one for your centenary, keep that in mind!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked Glasgow fare….GLA-BHD-LGW for £42…booked!

Great fare! Almost makes it worth going up to Glasgow just to use it  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The one toilet on board got quite revolting very quickly however.

Ugh, sounds bad.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On the Megabus the next morning

I don't really like those colors inside, too restless.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course this being Scotland, “juice” was actually Irn-Bru. Haha.

Really? That stuff is nice but first thing in the morning? No thanks, it'll kill your teeth.

The office that I once worked in Glasgow had free Irn-Bru from a soda fountain  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An amenity kit of an eye mask, toothbrush kit and a luggage tag were also given out.

Hey, this is more generous than most airlines in business class.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The bunk. The bunk itself was quite nice, with a plug socket and reading light, but it was waaay to coffin like for my liking. My nose was about 3 inches from the ceiling

Sounds bad, I probably couldn't sleep in there, I hate these kind of confined sleeping places. That's why I couldn't book a capsule hotel for my Japan trip even though I wanted to try one out!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First stop was Wetherspoons for some breakfast. It was slightly embarrassing for me to walk through the doors at 8am for breakfast given that I’d only left my previous Wetherspoon some nine hours previously!

Ahh, Wetherspoons - the McDonald's of pubs. How come you've traded your drinking places down so much?

There used to be a great pub in the middle of Glasgow, I think it was called The Corinthian. It was in a grand old bank (?) building with Corinthian pilars out front (see, it makes sense) and all - I really liked that place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a guide tour of
Glasgow City Chambers (City Hall) The tour was free and lasted just over an hour…beautiful building

Wow, quite a pompous building. The roof in that grand hall reminds me of that one passage in Versailles.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
as well as changing my seats to ones I requested…excellent service here in GLA!

I had a similar experience when I took this flight, got assigned an aisle seat, no dice with the machine, but friendly staff at the empty counter who had no problem changing it to a window seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I LOVE a ride on one of these out to Barra (the sand runway one)

You mean you have done it? Or should that be conditionally "I'd love"?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fleet info

That Energy rating is a bit too much I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Seemingly only minutes after leaving Glasgow, and we are on approach to Belfast.

Yes, this is a very short flight. Ryanair actually did (maybe they still do) PIK-BHD. As Prestwick is even nearer to N.I. that must be one helluva short flight. It is actually the shortest one in the Ryanair network. There was a report about it here two years ago or so.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The two crew did a lightning quick tour of the cabin with their trolley, but nobody bought anything.

On my flight there were plenty of drunken guys buying beer.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

Ridiculous.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There’s an IKEA just 200 m from the terminal, so I thought given my over 2 hour connection I’d walk over, have a browse and get something to eat.

Swedish meatballs I presume?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, despite being so close, walking there is basically impossible - the only option was a taxi going on a nice loop-the-loop for a few miles before ending up next door.

That sounds ridiculous. Couldn't you maybe take the car service to the train station and walk from there? Or is it the wrong direction?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Good to see it was just my time wasted, and this it's all just for show. What made this even more galling was the fact that on a UK-UK domestic connection, there is no need to re-pass security, it was just the poor layout of BHD that made it necessary.

That sounds so stupid and pointless. Where do they get these screeners from? The ones who are too dumb to make normal security guards (who in turn are too dumb or violent to make real policemen)?

There are plenty of UK airports where you can't do airside connections or if you can it has been made just too damn complicated.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sadly, I was told by the lady on the desk that you had to pay the check in desk, thus entails anther trip through security…no thanks.

Doesn't sound it's a very passenger friendly airport.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I didn’t get a drink in the airport, I order a couple of tonics.

Will your stash ever run out?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We’re let off into a grubby bit of the South Terminal that I’ve not been to before.

You've never done any domestic or Irish flights out of the South Terminal? This is the pier they all go out from. And yes, it is a depressing place.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s a little weird that there was this large Air Transat check in area BEFORE the exit.

Hah, I was wondering about the same thing the last time I went through (which was probably two years ago coming in from LBA coincidentally with BE).


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8182 times:

Hey, forgot to mention that cool that you finally managed to fly BE - after trying out numerous exotic airlines maybe you'll do the ones closer to home now.

Megabus looks interesting too.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8124 times:

Interesting to read about the same journey from somebody else's perspective!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thanks to jwhite9185 mentioning the FlyBE sale

No problem.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went to a SSCI machine, where it only spat a boarding pass for this sector as well. I went over to the desk where a very friendly lady printed both boarding passes for me (on proper cardboard passes), as well as changing my seats to ones I requested…excellent service here in GLA!

I did the same thing in LGW - intact i have a sneaking suspicion that she assigned me window seats for all 4 of my flights because as far as i was aware i hadn't checked in for my GLA-BHD sector, yet when i went to the SSCI machine it said i had.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Seemingly only minutes after leaving Glasgow, and we are on approach to Belfast. The two crew did a lightning quick tour of the cabin with their trolley, but nobody bought anything.

I was taken back with how quick the flight was too, although I've done LHR-MAN sectors in a similar time. Guess the longer taxi at LHR make the flight seem longer.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

Least you only got moaned at on the ground...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
There’s an IKEA just 200 m from the terminal, so I thought given my over 2 hour connection I’d walk over, have a browse and get something to eat. Unfortunately, despite being so close, walking there is basically impossible

I had the same idea. And despite some directions and a map from OA260, still ended up with the same result!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Something in my bag caused the screener to put my bag aside. He then took everything out (there was a lot of stuff in it), then rescanned the bag, searched through everything again, before inviting me to put everything back in. Thanks.

Ditto...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Good to see it was just my time wasted, and this it's all just for show.

I told them that my bag had been through 3 security checks that weekend with no problems so how come its been searched now. The reply i got was 'just a random search sir'.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
We’re handed a little piece of paper as we disembark, to prove that we are arriving domestic passengers.

Thought there had to be a duplicate shot in there somewhere!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We’re let off into a grubby bit of the South Terminal that I’ve not been to before.

You've never done any domestic or Irish flights out of the South Terminal? This is the pier they all go out from. And yes, it is a depressing place.

Well the rumour I've heard is that its due to be pulled down as its too close to the approach of the rarely used 26R. Would make sense as to why its so dingy looking compared to the rest of the newly refurbished terminal.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8118 times:

Hey great report. Shame you suffered the same no photo brigade   Still these people have Mothers who love them Im sure lol...

Dont like the mega bus idea myself , Gareth seemed to enjoy it but not my thing.

BHD has improved alot over the years. I was there when as above stated it was a wooden shed with one baggage belt and floors that creaked when you walked on them   It may not be the most ideal Terminal but I have to say I quite like it . Then again for me Im mostly arriving and going to the lounge so rarely use the other things there. The cafe facing out over the runway is not bad though. Had a breakfast there once and wasnt too bad.

Thanks for the pleasant read.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8046 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Hi Gab, you seem to be on a roll recently with your reports (and transiently, with your travels as well...)!

Yes, a few too many. Still got another 2 to write as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Wow, so many already? We need a special one for your centenary, keep that in mind!

Duly noted!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Great fare! Almost makes it worth going up to Glasgow just to use it .
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Really? That stuff is nice but first thing in the morning? No thanks, it'll kill your teeth.

Yeah, dissolve them away before you even arrive

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Sounds bad, I probably couldn't sleep in there, I hate these kind of confined sleeping places. That's why I couldn't book a capsule hotel for my Japan trip even though I wanted to try one out!

I thinmk the capsule hotels are more spacious than this

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):

Ahh, Wetherspoons - the McDonald's of pubs. How come you've traded your drinking places down so much? There used to be a great pub in the middle of Glasgow, I think it was called The Corinthian. It was in a grand old bank (?) building with Corinthian pilars out front (see, it makes sense) and all - I really liked that place.

Well, i like to vary my locations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
You mean you have done it? Or should that be conditionally "I'd love"?

It should've, yes

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Swedish meatballs I presume?

of course!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
That sounds ridiculous. Couldn't you maybe take the car service to the train station and walk from there? Or is it the wrong direction?

Wrong direction

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Will your stash ever run out?

NEVER!!!!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Hey, forgot to mention that cool that you finally managed to fly BE - after trying out numerous exotic airlines maybe you'll do the ones closer to home now.

yes, ticking them off one by one

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
Interesting to read about the same journey from somebody else's perspective!

Same to you!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
I was taken back with how quick the flight was too, although I've done LHR-MAN sectors in a similar time. Guess the longer taxi at LHR make the flight seem longer.

And the hold time

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
Well the rumour I've heard is that its due to be pulled down as its too close to the approach of the rarely used 26R. Would make sense as to why its so dingy looking compared to the rest of the newly refurbished terminal.

it really is quite horrid

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Hey great report. Shame you suffered the same no photo brigade Still these people have Mothers who love them Im sure lol...

Ha, yeah, i'm sure!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Dont like the mega bus idea myself , Gareth seemed to enjoy it but not my thing.

yeah, I don't think I'll be doing it again

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Thanks for the pleasant read.

No problem



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7867 times:

Mr Chew.

Nice to see a little of the homeland whilst baking out here in the other Holy land. But really - one can't quite cope with the fall of the mighty from SQ F's heady heights down to a cheese sandwich on a megabus. But... all ends of the spectrum! BE looked pretty good actually - I think they are winning the hearts of people gradually. Happy to see no issues with GLA or Glasgow.. though you kept your scope for exploration central.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
try out my first UK sleeper bus.

Excellent. It has attracted quite alot of generally Ok publicity. It is pretty groundbreaking for Europe and I am surprised that the DVLA even let it happen. Perhaps Stagecoach used what Topgear get away with as leverage. What was the load like? I think this service might do quite well. Another one to try is Citylink Gold which runs between Glasgow and Aberdeen/ Inverness. Really elegant/ get food/wifi etc.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the Caledonian Sleeper train (a service that I’d love to try, but have yet to find a decent fare on).

Alas - the good fares on this are as illusive as the wild Scottish Haggis. I took it once when I was young and it much revered in magazines/ polls etc. I don't think there's ever been a report on it on this forum sadly... You can get the fares with enough patience though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The bunk. The bunk itself was quite nice, with a plug socket and reading light, but it was waaay to coffin like for my liking. My nose was about 3 inches from the ceiling. Also, I was right at the back, so it was quite noisy. The swaying of the bus too made me feel quite sick, so I didn’t get much sleep.

Well. All this is very granted. But having taken the normal seated option quite a few times ex-GLA-LON I can suggest this is much more preferable. My last National Express was a freakshow. I think PAX realise they won't get anything spacious - just need to pop a sleeping pill.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, the Glasgow location I chose was actually very nice (and sparkling clean).

Oh yes. Oh yes! This was a regular student haunt for me. I believe it was the old Bank building and it is really excellent central location. A wise choice! And they're used to Glasgow steamboaters coming in first thing...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No problems with photos on the tarmac

And so there shouldn't be... - a great photo with those heavy clouds setting in. You've visited GLA a few times now!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Glasgow: Nice city, check out the City Chambers

Brilliant. In that typical fashion of never exploring what's on your doorstep - I've never seen it. But shall rectify that. It is a great building.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Really? That stuff is nice but first thing in the morning? No thanks, it'll kill your teeth.

The office that I once worked in Glasgow had free Irn-Bru from a soda fountain  .

It's a nifty little hang-over cure too! Like a ciggy in the morning. Perhaps they give the toothbrush in preparation for dentally cautious persons.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
It was in a grand old bank

Yes - as was the Witherspoons. I think it might be the same place. There are quite a few nice old converted buildings from the heady merchant days.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Will your stash ever run out?

NEVER!!!!!

You can always refill! Honestly... I'm onto a winner with my 100ml contact lens solution case!

Peace out.

Luke!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7847 times:

Hey Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):

Nice to see a little of the homeland whilst baking out here in the other Holy land

Hope you're still enjoying the baking temperatures!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
But really - one can't quite cope with the fall of the mighty from SQ F's heady heights down to a cheese sandwich on a megabus.

Yeah, it was a rough tumble!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Excellent. It has attracted quite alot of generally Ok publicity. It is pretty groundbreaking for Europe and I am surprised that the DVLA even let it happen. Perhaps Stagecoach used what Topgear get away with as leverage. What was the load like? I think this service might do quite well. Another one to try is Citylink Gold which runs between Glasgow and Aberdeen/ Inverness. Really elegant/ get food/wifi etc.

It was fully booked...I think it goes out full most of the time.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Brilliant. In that typical fashion of never exploring what's on your doorstep - I've never seen it. But shall rectify that. It is a great building.

You should pay a visit

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
You can always refill! Honestly... I'm onto a winner with my 100ml contact lens solution case!

I think I might invest in a 100ml container or two!



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7761 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I think I might invest in a 100ml container or two!

The first ever upside to poor eyesite,.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7504 times:

Nice report, thanks for sharing!
I'm reading this right after reading James' report, so nice to get two points of view.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I LOVE a ride on one of these out to Barra (the sand runway one)

So would I! And it's not even that expensive. Perhaps something for next summer for me.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

James had that too. I'll have to remember that for my visit to BHD in October.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7478 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 14):
The first ever upside to poor eyesite,.

Ha, wel it can't all be bad news!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Nice report, thanks for sharing!

Glad you liked it!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
I'm reading this right after reading James' report, so nice to get two points of view.

Yeah, was funny be both posted very similar reports over just 2 days

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
So would I! And it's not even that expensive. Perhaps something for next summer for me.

It's been on my to do list for years already!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
James had that too. I'll have to remember that for my visit to BHD in October.

Yes, be subtle in your photography



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7370 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Nice short report on your Scottish outtie. Nice to see as well you encountered the Scottish eather as well   I’m a bit surprised though you haven’t sampled FlyBE before? Now that cute little bugger of a plane down to Barra indeed looks very interesting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The bunk. The bunk itself was quite nice, with a plug socket and reading light, but it was waaay to coffin like for my liking. My nose was about 3 inches from the ceiling. Also, I was right at the back, so it was quite noisy. The swaying of the bus too made me feel quite sick, so I didn’t get much sleep.

No thank you, this is definitely not for me. I’d rather go to Tokyo and back by plane on the same day   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

Always these ‘security reasons’ pfff, still he had the decency to apologise for the shouting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Menu

I love how it says ‘your dining’, as if you get to eat a multi course meal of a Michelin star cuisine.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We’re let off into a grubby bit of the South Terminal that I’ve not been to before.

Hey, that’s not your plane 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
To sum up:

Ha ha, Markus’s style  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7155 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Another great report, thanks for sharing. Looks like you had some nice flights (for the price) with FlyBe, still need to try them out myself some time. Megabus looks interesting, too bad you didn't get that much sleep. Like your pics of Glasgow too!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6994 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Nice short report on your Scottish outtie

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
I’m a bit surprised though you haven’t sampled FlyBE before?

Well, they don't fly many routes from London to where I want to go (although I've been wanting to try their LTN-IOM/JET service for a while) - they're normally quite expensive

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
No thank you, this is definitely not for me. I’d rather go to Tokyo and back by plane on the same day

Ha, yes I think I do as well!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Hey, that’s not your plane

Nope, no it's not

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):

Another great report

Thanks

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Looks like you had some nice flights (for the price) with FlyBe, still need to try them out myself some time.

Yes, the flights were good for the price

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 18):
Like your pics of Glasgow too!

Thanks!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6911 times:

Nice report. Gabriel. I cannot say anything negative about BE either. Just recently I tried their E175 between EDI and BHX.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Fleet info

They left out the E175...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

Belfast speciality?


PH



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice to read about your FlyBe experience, that sure was a good fare you got there! Also nice to see some pictures of Glasgow, I've always wanted to visit Scotland, I will do it one day, I'm sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided on following gpbcroppers63‘s experience and try out my first UK sleeper bus. This overnight service from London Victoria to Glasgow was £35

Interesting to read about your overnight busride. I have one coming up too, in a week, Gothenburg to Stockholm on Swebus. It will be interesting to see how that will be like.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to hop into bed before we pulled out of the station

Oh your bus had proper bunks! That's nice, I think I'd be able to sleep quite good in those! I believe the bus I'll use only have seats.

Martin


User currently onlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2997 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6732 times:

Hi Gabriel,

nice little report. Not sure I'd call it a day trip, after all you left home one day and returned the next  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This overnight service from London Victoria to Glasgow was £35, and much cheaper than the Caledonian Sleeper train (a service that I’d love to try, but have yet to find a decent fare on).

Nice idea, I'd like to do it once, but the train would be much better. Apparently there are £19 advance purchase tickets on the train, I guess you have to book sharply when they become available.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
First stop was Wetherspoons for some breakfast.

Nice choice   Not wishing to delve into national stereotyping, were there many people already drinking that early?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I arrived in GLA

I've only used GLA once, a Flybe ERJ down to Norwich, the route has since been cut. Interestingly, the aircraft was still painted in BA colours.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was about to take a photo as I disembarked but I was yelled at by a member of ground staff. He later apologised for shouting saying that photography was not permitted for “security reasons”.

As much as I dislike that attitude, I guess Belfast more than anywhere in the UK needs to be security conscious.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
There’s an IKEA just 200 m from the terminal

I did see that, I don't blame you for not trying your luck over the dual carriageway!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I order a couple of tonics

Only tonics?   Will we see the start of the GC BOB G&T Test?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Domestic arrivals is a hidden in a little corner, so you have to walk pass the other check in desks to get to the train station.

Interesting destination   Looks like a charter though, still the only route there for the public is on the RAF flight, or on LAN.

Thanks

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineMasterBean From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6706 times:

Hello,

You've got to get on the twotter to Barra, I only booked a week in advance and still got a decent-ish price. I compare the plance to a local single decker bus. Noisy, squidgy and uncomfortable but gets the job done. I was going to write a trip report but still can't work out how to link photos. Oh well.

Hope you get there eventually  

Charles

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Nice report.

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
They left out the E175...

Trust you to find the mistake in the fleet page!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 21):
Nice to read about your FlyBe experience, that sure was a good fare you got there!

Yes, was a great fare

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 21):
Oh your bus had proper bunks! That's nice, I think I'd be able to sleep quite good in those! I believe the bus I'll use only have seats.

I think a seat might actually have been better

Quoting signol (Reply 22):

nice little report

Thanks

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Not sure I'd call it a day trip, after all you left home one day and returned the next

Ha, yeah, I guess not

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Nice idea, I'd like to do it once, but the train would be much better. Apparently there are £19 advance purchase tickets on the train, I guess you have to book sharply when they become available.

I have NEVER seen a £19 bargain berth on offer

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Nice choice Not wishing to delve into national stereotyping, were there many people already drinking that early?

Ha, no, pretty much empty, a few tourists there for breakfast and the wifi

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Only tonics? Will we see the start of the GC BOB G&T Test?

I don't tend to drink just the tonics on their own...

Quoting MasterBean (Reply 23):
You've got to get on the twotter to Barra, I only booked a week in advance and still got a decent-ish price. I compare the plance to a local single decker bus. Noisy, squidgy and uncomfortable but gets the job done. I was going to write a trip report but still can't work out how to link photos. Oh well.

I'll check out your photos! Thanks



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25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Gabriel, nice report of a long day out for sure. Good pics and really interesting to have another inside look on the bus. I'm quite sure that this
26 gabrielchew : Hi Eric, thanks for the comments! Yes, a long day out, but nice to tick off a new airlines Me too - not to easy to get on one Ha, yes, i'll have to or
27 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Gabriel, good to follow another adventure from you´re hand. I´am definitely not the bus fan, but these coach looks like somewhat interesting. Ru
28 MSS658 : Hello Gabriel First of all, great trip report. I envy you for trying out the megabus sleeper, I personally would not have done it at all. Great job on
29 gabrielchew : Thanks MArkus Yes, interesting if not comfortable! Yeah, they're a nice little airline Thanks Marc Ha, I won't be doing it again! So you've got a TR
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