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Going Around With EasyJet - LGW-AGP-SVQ  
User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 495 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Background

A friend is out in Seville on a year abroad, so what better time to go visit than cold, wet, dark January?! In the UK that is... Sunny Spain beckoned, and as there are relatively few ways of getting directly to Seville from the UK I settled on the tried and tested easyJet.

I didn't intend on writing a trip report, which is why there are very few photographs - however, the events that follow and the videos I have make it worthwhile sharing this experience. Apologies if this is not up to my usual standards, I haven't composed a trip report in a while (and didn't think I would again!).

Outbound

Date: 26JAN13
Flight: EZY5175
From: London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) South Terminal
To: Seville San Pablo (SVQ/LEZL)
Dep: 08:05 (08:20 actual)
Arr: 11:50 (13:15 actual)
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg: G-EZBC
Seat: 11F
Class: Economy

I chose easyJet for a number of reasons - firstly, they are one of only two airlines serving Seville direct from the UK (the other being Ryanair). Secondly, they were the cheapest and flew from a reasonable airport (Gatwick, as opposed to Stansted). The flights were also cheap at around £75 all in, including extra legroom seats under their new 'allocated seating' policy.

An undesirable 5:30am alarm awoke me, and half an hour later I found myself in Gatwick's South Terminal. It's not really very nice when you compare it to the North Terminal, but security was pretty quick at this time of the morning. I did however get a pat down after being 'randomly selected.'

A Frankie and Bennys breakfast later, and I found myself boarding todays orange A319, G-EZBC, which would take me on my very interesting trip to Seville! The new boarding process isn't much different to the old one - Speedy Boarding (which I had thanks to my extra legroom seat) went first, and the rest followed. I noticed people still stood and formed a queue as soon as the announcement went... old habits die hard?


Walking out to 'BC.

Still, it was a much more civilised affair and it was VERY nice not to feel rushed. Way to go easyJet!

Once onboard, the crew performed numerous announcements informing us this was a completely full flight and to move out of the aisle to allow others to board. It clearly didn't work as we left late. The Captain introduced himself and stated our flight time would be a short 2 hours and 5 minutes today. A short taxi to the active runway, 26L, followed and in no time we were up into the moderately sunny winter sky!



   Gatwick Departure Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft9AKwvm0Js



The flight was fairly smooth, and we routed out towards Southampton, across the English Channel towards Jersey, and across the Brest peninsula on our way to Spain. As always, the views were lovely! Definitely my favourite part of flying.


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Snowy mountains en route.


No mistaking who is flying us to Seville today...

After around 1 hour and 50 minutes of flying time, we pointed towards the ground once more and headed toward Seville with a very steep descent! This was short lived however, as we soon started performing turns indicative of a hold.


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At this point the Captain was back on the blower with an update on the weather. He stated that Spanish ATC (apparently a less than reliable source) had told him that the mist and fog over the airfield would clear by 08:00 GMT... well, it was now 11:30 CET and it was still around! However, we would make an approach anyway.

We left the hold after one turn, and started descending toward Seville. The weather in the surrounding area was surprisingly good - broken cloud at a few thousand feet. Unfortunately, the closer we got to the ground, the worse the weather got...

At a few thousand feet we descended into the low lying cloud and fog, and the visibility was very poor indeed! Still, nothing out of the ordinary... I've had landings like this before!

As we seemed to be getting ever closer to the ground, the engines suddenly kicked in and condensation appeared over the wings as we swiftly pulled up and performed a missed approach. This was my very first missed approach, and as you can understand I was properly excited!



   Missed Approach Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AKvqkYMC0o



We broke out of the cloud layer again, and levelled out at around 14,000 feet (thanks to a friend and FlightRadar24). The crew performed the usual missed approach announcement, stating it was an entirely normal procedure done for operational reasons etc etc and the Captain would inform us on our progress as soon as possible.

It was around 10 minutes before the Captain finally got round to speaking to us, and quite right too - he said that they had reached decision height and the ground was nowhere to be seen so they were obliged to go around. He also informed us that we had brought some extra fuel, but unfortunately were limited in what we could bring and therefore didn't have enough to hold at Seville until the weather cleared - great! I thought.

This could only mean one thing... yep! A diversion to nearby Malaga Airport. Hurrah! A missed approach AND a diversion in one day?! I was definitely getting my moneys worth...


On our way to Malaga.

We continued at 14,000 feet the all-of 60 miles to Malaga, and proceeded to fly out toward the sea and back in for a landing on runway 31.


Approaching Malaga.


Some nice scenery!



   Malaga Arrival Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLbdzU4ooFs



As soon as we arrived, the cabin crew requested we remain in our seats with our belts fastened until they had more information.


On stand at Malaga.

The crew informed us we would take on some more fuel, and that the easyJet dispatcher had contacted Seville and assured us that the weather would be clear by the time we returned. A number of passengers requested to leave the aircraft at Malaga, however due to the nature of our stop, the Captain denied this. Rightly so!

All in all, the turnaround took around 45 minutes to complete - apparently there was a delay in obtaining the paperwork for the flight to Seville. However, we were soon on our way and back off runway 31 to a hopefully sunnier Seville!



   Malaga Departure Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX2rO9MuUHE



A mere 30 minutes later, after a cruise at 14,000 feet once more, we were on our way into a much sunnier Seville with very few clouds hanging about! A successful approach later and we had finally arrived, 1 hour and 25 minutes behind schedule!



   Seville Arrival Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aBxR0H9UOI




Here we are!

We waited for the stairs to arrive, and were eventually off and onto the Spanish tarmac. We were the only arrival at the time, but still Spanish police could only find 1 officer to process all 156 of us! The queue took a while to go down, but eventually we were there!



Inbound

Date: 31JAN13
Flight: EZY5176
From: Seville San Pablo (SVQ/LEZL)
To: London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK) North Terminal
Dep: 12:25 (12:30 actual)
Arr: 14:10 (13:55 actual)
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Reg: G-EZFF
Seat: 11F
Class: Economy

The return flight was much less eventful! Check in was full, indicating another high load... not surprising that easyJet want to get more A320s into Gatwick! The boarding process was much the same as at Gatwick, except Speedy Boarding was separated from the normal queue by a barrier, unlike at Gatwick! This made it much more organised.

The ground crew also came around handing us freshly printed boarding passes, even though we already had print at home ones. Not going to complain though, I have quite a collection of proper boarding passes and this has added to it!

Our aircraft landed 6 minutes late, and as soon as it arrived we were let down to a holding point underneath the terminal.


Awaiting boarding.

About 10 minutes later we were let out and I was aboard G-EZFF ready to head back to Gatwick.


Refuelling.




   Seville Departure Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-I6keDhzGA





Leaving behind sunny Spain!

The flight was average, however there was a lot of turbulence over northern Spain and France, enough to force the fasten seatbelt sign on! Just when I needed to pee too...

I also indulged in my first ever 'meal deal' on this flight. I never usually buy on board loco flights, but I required lunch and had 10 Euros that I needed to get rid of. The €7.50 meal deal with Bacon Baguette, crisps and a drink hit the spot! It was actually quite good, and I'd be tempted to have it again...

Soon we were approaching England, and we were warned to expect a rough approach as winds had been gusting between 40-50kts all day. It was a very fun ride, to say the least! Lots of gasping, and someone threw up... not to mention the women in row 8 who had a nose bleed. Never a dull day for the crew...



   Gatwick Arrival Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYfnQkS-pnE



We touched down 15 minutes early on runway 26L, and taxied in to the North Terminal - not the South Terminal, as stated on our boarding pass. I suppose it makes the trip a bit more interesting!


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Passing some Virgins on the way.


A new Virgin!

A few moments to attach the jetbridge, then we were into the North Terminal and through a very empty passport control in no time! That's how it SHOULD be done!



Conclusion

Well, these were your average easyJet flights, spiced up a bit by some poor weather and low fuel! The crew on both legs were pleasant enough, and as I said the flights were cheap so who am I to complain about anything? They did what they said on the tin and for that I am thankful.

I am a very big fan of allocated seating, and am very glad easyJet introduced it... everything is so much more relaxed now. I will definitely be flying easyJet more often as a result!



Thanks for taking the time to read (and watch!) this unexpected trip report.


Flown: A319-21, A346, A380, B733-4, B738, B744, B752, B762-4, B77W, CR2, CR9, DH4, E190-95, F70-100, MD-11, MD-88, MD-90
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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
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Hi Dan, thanks for sharing.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
An undesirable 5:30am alarm awoke me, and half an hour later I found myself in Gatwick's South Terminal.
Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
A Frankie and Bennys breakfast later, and I found myself boarding todays orange A319, G-EZBC

Isn't it funny how you can find yourself somewhere without realising it, especially at that hour?  
Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, the closer we got to the ground, the worse the weather got...

At a few thousand feet we descended into the low lying cloud and fog, and the visibility was very poor indeed! Still, nothing out of the ordinary... I've had landings like this before!

As we seemed to be getting ever closer to the ground, the engines suddenly kicked in and condensation appeared over the wings as we swiftly pulled up and performed a missed approach. This was my very first missed approach, and as you can understand I was properly excited!

Indeed. The feeling of full throttle acceleration that slams you to the back of your seat never gets old!

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
The flight was average, however there was a lot of turbulence over northern Spain and France, enough to force the fasten seatbelt sign on!

Sounds like fun! (sarcasm)

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
Soon we were approaching England, and we were warned to expect a rough approach as winds had been gusting between 40-50kts all day. It was a very fun ride, to say the least! Lots of gasping, and someone threw up

I think that someone would easily have been me if I had been on that flight. Being prone to motion sickness, turbulence and me don't mix at all.



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3387 times:
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HEAD SUPPORT

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
o what better time to go visit than cold, wet, dark January?! In the UK that is... Sunny Spain beckoned

Haha, visited Sevilla somewhere in July 2007 when the temperatures reached 43C... It sure was an adventure to 'smell' the city and see the population of the cockroaches.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
Apologies if this is not up to my usual standards, I haven't composed a trip report in a while (and didn't think I would again!).

Thanks for writing one anyway! I really enjoyed it.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
The flights were also cheap at around £75 all in, including extra legroom seats under their new 'allocated seating' policy.

Wow, that's a bargain! I really like their new policy.

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
Walking out to 'BC.

Cutting costs by not connecting the aircraft with the jet bridge huh?

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
No mistaking who is flying us to Seville today...

I see they removed the S and L before Easyjet! Nice picture as well!

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
It was around 10 minutes before the Captain finally got round to speaking to us, and quite right too - he said that they had reached decision height and the ground was nowhere to be seen so they were obliged to go around. He also informed us that we had brought some extra fuel, but unfortunately were limited in what we could bring and therefore didn't have enough to hold at Seville until the weather cleared - great! I thought.

Hmm, good thing you didn't go via STN with FR... You might have experienced a mayday call and ended up in Alicante!

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
but still Spanish police could only find 1 officer to process all 156 of us! The queue took a while to go down, but eventually we were there!

Cutting costs I guess, that must have been painful!

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Thread starter):
Well, these were your average easyJet flights, spiced up a bit by some poor weather and low fuel!

I really like Easyjet! They remain one of the better low cost carriers in Europe (in my opinion).

Thanks for sharing this wonderful trip report and videos, I enjoyed watching and reading it!

Take care,

Niek B.   



'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' - Winston Churchill
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

Hi Daniel,

great report here, thanks a lot for sharing. Looks like you really got a lot of action here for your money. A go-around is certainly a cool experience. Seems like the whole situation was handled well by the crew.

Also I like the new seating policy with easyJet, but have yet to fly them since they have changed it. But I guess it makes everything much more relaxed.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Hi all,

Thanks for the replies!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 1):
Isn't it funny how you can find yourself somewhere without realising it, especially at that hour?  

It is you know... I am not a morning person!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 1):
Sounds like fun! (sarcasm)

It was! Although it still makes me a tad nervous!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 2):
Thanks for writing one anyway! I really enjoyed it.

You're welcome. I should return to full trip reporting with my North American trip in May!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 2):
Wow, that's a bargain! I really like their new policy.

Isn't it just, so do I!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 2):
Cutting costs by not connecting the aircraft with the jet bridge huh?

Maybe  
Quoting photoshooter (Reply 2):
Cutting costs I guess, that must have been painful!

It was, and yes... I guess times are tough in Spain!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
great report here, thanks a lot for sharing.

Thank you!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Also I like the new seating policy with easyJet, but have yet to fly them since they have changed it. But I guess it makes everything much more relaxed.

It's great and indeed it does make it much more relaxed! Even if people do still get up and queue too early...

Thanks again.



Flown: A319-21, A346, A380, B733-4, B738, B744, B752, B762-4, B77W, CR2, CR9, DH4, E190-95, F70-100, MD-11, MD-88, MD-90
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