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Warsaw WMI Daytrip By Ryanair  
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7247 times:

Warsaw daytrip by Ryanair


Map courtesy of www.gcmap.com

After doing a search, I do believe this is the first report featuring the new (for 2012) Modlin airport in Warsaw, designed to be a secondary airport for LCCs.

Towards the end of 2012, with discussion with my wife, I decided to take a day trip somewhere. Primary considerations were to visit somewhere new, and cost. This precluded all full-service carriers, flying in Business etc, so naturally I turned to Ryanair. Thanks to the newly opened Warsaw Modlin airport, with nice incentives to passengers, I bought a return ticket for £11.54. Buying 2x oneways was cheaper, as I had a prepaid Mastercard with about EUR7 of credit on it, so I bought a oneway outward ticket for £4 plus £6 credit card fee, and the return was PLN8 (£1.54), no fee as I could use the aforementioned card. Overall, I spent a total of £55 on the day, including a day's parking in the mid-stay at Stansted, and petrol to and from Norwich, local transport in Warsaw and lunch.

The flight was at 06:45, which meant a 03:00 departure from home - I was in the car 10 minutes after my alarm went off, fortunately not disturbing the children. The drive was easy, and I had a greasy McDo breakfast at the branch just by the mid-stay car park entrance. The bus to the terminal was already waiting, and I headed off.

Security at the morning peak was busy as usual, and there was the usual "Wait in Lounge" on the FIDS. I took the gamble that the Modlin flight would leave from the usual Ryanair satellite, and walked over there. I then hung about hoping I was correct - as soon as the gate number appeared, I was in the regular queue, in 2nd place.

29/11/2012
FR1021
STN-WMI
EI-EVJ

Eventually the crowds built up, and after the priority boarders headed down the steps to the tarmac, it was our turn. I boarded from the rear, and took a window seat in the middle - I wasn't too worried as it would be dark for most of the flight, and if there weren't enough people paying for the emergency exit row, I could "volunteer". Sadly they ended up full. In fact, the whole plane was mostly packed, with Poles it seemed


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View from my seat


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Out over the wing whilst boarding

Eventually everyone took their seats, and we taxied out to the runway. By the time we reached almost the long-stay car park, we stopped and waited our turn. We continued waiting, until an announcement came over the tannoy. There was a problem with the air conditioning and we'd be returning to the gate for repairs. There was an audible groan. I wasn't too worried as I had plenty of time in Warsaw, unless there was a major delay, as my flight home that evening was at 21:25. After about 30 minutes at the gate, we pushed back again - at least an aircraft change wasn't needed. And by this time it was light. I was still dozing, catching up on my missed sleep from the very early start. A long taxi later, and we took off into the gloom. It was a cloudy day so there wan't really much to see out of the window.


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Clouds from above

I continued dozing, so I didn't buy anything from the trolley (no muffins today, sorry Rasmus!) and before long we were descending through the clouds to land. Modlin airport is in a very rural location, with just some farm houses nearby, and the river Wisla. We soon touched down and taxied onto stand in front of the new terminal building.


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On stand

There is a large grassy area between the apron and the terminal, and there are paths that look temporary crossing this, with another for departing passengers to be held in an open-air "pen"-type enclosure.


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Walking to the terminal

Getting from Modlin airport to the city is easy and cheap, if time consuming. There are direct busses to Centralna station, or the cheapest option (that I did) was a bus to the local Modlin town station, with a train continuing on to Centralna (or other suburban stations - not all go to Centralna, indeed I returned from Gdanska station). There was a kiosk in Arrivals selling tickets for this option. Eventually there is the hope to build a station at the airport itself, as there is an unused railway trackbed with most rails in situ, which would only need upgrading and electrifying.


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Modlin station


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On board the train

I soon arrived at Centralna station, where I bought a transport day pass, and had a look around (including the famous Palace of Science and Culture) before getting lunch.


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The Palace of Science and Culture


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Centralna Station

I had found a traditional "milk bar" online that had published its menu, so with the help of a Google Translate printout I could point to what I wanted on it, rather than try to say the names of the items on the big wall menu in the place. Bar Mleczny Bambino


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My meal - drink, bacon dumplings and a red cabbage salad, came to about £2.30.


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Inside the milk bar.

The ordering process was a bit convoluted. Just inside the door was a large board with the menu, just visible above, with a lady and a till where you ordered what you wanted. Or point to the fridge next to the serving hatch for cold drinks. Then you queue at the hatch, showing them your ticket to collect your food. By the time I was eating, the queue went out the door, and the serving hatch queue did a couple of zigzags.

After eating, I went outside and took a tram towards the old town, which despite being completely flattened in WW2 was reconstructed in its entirety afterwards.


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On the tram


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View from the tram


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One of the old style trams. They also had brand new modern ones, and everything in between.

I got off near a park and walked towards the old town. Being the end of November, plenty of Christmas markets were being set up, but only the one in Old Town Square was open.


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Christmas decorations


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More Christmas decorations

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National stadium, as used in Euro 2012


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Approaching the Old Town, setting up the Christmas markets


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Old Town Square and Christmas market


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And again

I wandered around and bought a couple of presents, including a giant pencil for my son, and a wooden tortoise for my daughter. By now it was starting to get dark again.


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A workers monument

I then took the metro back to Centralna, for some more photos, and to try and find some cheap cigarettes for my manager, which I did from one of the many small shops that are underground in the metro entrances.


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The Palace of Science and Culture at dusk

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And again

I had a look round a modern, very upmarket shopping centre by Centralna, without buying anything.


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This LOT office was in the shopping centre


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Centralna station in the dusk


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In the metro

I then took the metro to Gdanska station, then a tram one stop along to the Arkadia shopping centre, apparently Poland's largest. I bought some chocolate and toothpaste from the Carrefour, and some gluten free goodies for my wife from a health food shop.


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I couldn't help but admire the ice cream display at this cafe

I then decided that it was getting late, and too dark to see much anyway, so I took the train and bus back to the airport. Note the ticket counters at Gdanska station are cash only.

After an easy train and bus ride, I arrived back at the airport.


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The terminal from outside

I had a look outside to see what was visible from the road, but not much was unfortunately. Being Ryanair I'd naturally checked in online before, so I just had a look round the landside area before heading for security.


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Looking along the line of the terminal


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From the upper floor, where there were offices and a lounge.


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FIDS

I headed to security and passed through quickly enough. By this time I was getting peckish, though being a small airport options were limited. I chose a hot dog from a hot dog stand, along with a doughnut and a cup of tea, combined it was one of the cheapest options, but actually quite good (the hot dog that is - the doughnut I could have done without!)


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Hot dog meal


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The hot dog shop from the general seating area where I sat to eat it

I then passed through the passport control to the non-Schengen area. There were 3 gates, each a kind of pen with glass walls, so they could be configured to Schengen or non-Schengen as required. At this point, there were 3 departures scheduled within 5 minutes (see the FIDS) to Stansted, Liverpool and East Midlands. So it was quite a squeeze in there.


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The pens

After waiting around for a while, staff cordoned off half of this area and started "boarding". That is checking boarding passes and allowing people into this cordoned off point. After waiting a while here, the door was opened and the scrum started - to another holding point outside by the edge of the apron.

29/11/2012
FR2284
WMI-STN
EI-EMM


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Waiting outside


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Looking across to one of the other departures


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What ended up being our plane

There was a small part of this pen at the front reserved for priority boarders.

Despite there being "No Smoking" signs prominently displayed, at least 2 passengers lit up. Quite dangerous given how close we were to refuelling aircraft.

When the gates were finally opened, I headed to the rear door and managed to get a window seat near the back.


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Obligatory legroom shot

I don't actually remember much about the return flight, I must have dozed, because soon we landed at Stansted. We arrived onto a stand on the shared pier, which meant a ride on the shuttle train to the main terminal. I used the e-gate to enter the UK again, and was quickly through. I took the bus back to the car park, and drove home, after stopping at McDo by the car park entrance for a hot caffeinated drink.

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STN terminal by night

Conclusions

Ryanair are whatever you make of them. They can be exceedingly cheap if you play by their rules.
Warsaw as a destination may not have the kudos of Krakow or other cities, but was nonetheless an interesting and cheap destination. I won't be heading straight back, as there are plenty of other places I'd like to visit first, but given the opportunity I would return.

A complete archive of my trip reports can be found on my blog here:
http://signol.blogspot.co.uk/

[Edited 2013-04-09 13:31:03]


Flights booked: none :(
17 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6997 times:

Great report here Signol. I also done a day trip to WMI in November, grabbing a £2 fare from Liverpool and returning to Liverpool with WizzAir for ~£35. It seems like you had a much better time in Warsaw than I did! Unfortunately I missed the train into Centralna and ended up in the area around Zachodnia. Next time I'll do much more research and allow myself plenty more time!


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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

Nice pictures and great details on your report. Not sure why people always focus on Palace of Culture even though it is much hated by Poles. If you continued through the Old Town to the New Town - there are plenty of nice restaurants and bars there and not as crowded. Another option was to go through Nowy Swiat to Lazienki Park.
Warsaw as you stated was leveled by Nazis during the WW II so it has lost some splendor, but it still makes a good trip.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
A workers monument

This is actually a monument to the Warsaw Uprising where civilians took to fight the Nazis many of them children.

What's the point of holding people outside before they are allowed to board? I think I would hate that especially during the snow or rain.


User currently offlineb777erj145 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6598 times:

Nice report. I hate waking up that early.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Overall, I spent a total of £55 on the day,
Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 1):

How are these low cost carrier making profit?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
My meal - drink, bacon dumplings and a red cabbage salad, came to about £2.30.

when I use to live in India, and I think this dish were still there when I last visited, these dumpling were called momos, this was a dish from states of eastern India by the Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal border but you can definitely find it up in Northern part of the country.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

Thanks for the replies guys!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 1):
Great report here Signol

Thanks!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 1):
I also done a day trip to WMI in November, grabbing a £2 fare from Liverpool and returning to Liverpool with WizzAir for ~£35

That would have been nice, but here Wizz fly to Luton and FR STN, and I didn't want to be pfaffing with the bus between them to retrieve my car!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 1):
Unfortunately I missed the train into Centralna and ended up in the area around Zachodnia

Shame, I think that train is the one that stops at Gdanska as well, where there is a metro stop.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
Nice pictures and great details on your report

Thanks!

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
Not sure why people always focus on Palace of Culture even though it is much hated by Poles.

I actually like it as a building, but I can see why it is hated, when you consider it was the Soviets who built it and it serves as a constant reminder of that oppression.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
This is actually a monument to the Warsaw Uprising where civilians took to fight the Nazis many of them children.

Thanks for the explanation.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
What's the point of holding people outside before they are allowed to board? I think I would hate that especially during the snow or rain.

I know, rediculous. We'd already been held up at security, passport control, and twice in the "pen" inside.

Quoting b777erj145 (Reply 3):
Nice report. I hate waking up that early.

Thanks. Me too with the waking up, but it's worth it occasionally for a flight  
Quoting b777erj145 (Reply 3):
when I use to live in India,

Interesting. Dumplings of various kinds are very popular all over eastern Europe. I wonder which way the migration went?!

Thanks again for the replies.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineEurohub From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6277 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
Quoting WROORD (Reply 2):
What's the point of holding people outside before they are allowed to board? I think I would hate that especially during the snow or rain.

I know, rediculous. We'd already been held up at security, passport control, and twice in the "pen" inside.

It's an FR thing - they do it at STN (by making you stand in the stairwell) and also at FKB (outside again) and probably at other places besides. IIRC there's a notice in the stairwells at STN giving some BS reason for why they do it; but I suspect it's about departure stats and being able to claim that a flight has "boarded" on time by classifying the completion of boarding pass checks for all pax as the flight having "boarded" regardless of whether the pax are actually onboard the a/c!

WMI is currently closed due to issues with the runway construction meaning that FR et al are currently serving WAW instead. Is there any indication yet as to when WMI will re-open?

Regards,
Eurohub



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6257 times:
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Hi signol,

Good to see you on the road again! Although it was 'only' a Ryanair flight, still it's nice to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the house for a day. I know what you go through   Some good footage of WMI airport, still looking rather new but by the looks a typical LCC airport like CRL in Belgium.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
The flight was at 06:45, which meant a 03:00 departure from home

Ouch, that hurts. I don't do those kind of early birds any more, need my sleep   

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
fortunately not disturbing the children.

That's very difficult in our house, lots of wood and squeaking doors and stairs. We simply can't get up with kids not waking up as well, annoying!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
There is a large grassy area between the apron and the terminal

That's a fairly large distance to cross. Aircraft are not able to park right at the terminal?

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
to try and find some cheap cigarettes for my manager

Maybe you should rather encourage your manager to stop smoking iso encourageing him/her  

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Quite dangerous given how close we were to refuelling aircraft.

Indeed it is. Ground staff did not notice that probably?

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5968 times:

Hey, R.,

good to see something new from you´re hand and also interesting to read about Warsaw Modlin.

Nice pictures downtown, the Palace looks like strange as ever!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

Quoting Eurohub (Reply 5):
I suspect it's about departure stats and being able to claim that a flight has "boarded" on time by classifying the completion of boarding pass checks for all pax as the flight having "boarded" regardless of whether the pax are actually onboard the a/c!

Now it makes sense, thanks. It also shows how little regard for passengers FR has...


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5430 times:

Nice report Robin, thanks for posting!

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Thanks to the newly opened Warsaw Modlin airport, with nice incentives to passengers, I bought a return ticket for £11.54.

I did a similar trip (well, overnight) a few days after you went. We paid around £40 return each, which was pretty good, although I did see some much lower fares.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
I then passed through the passport control to the non-Schengen area. There were 3 gates, each a kind of pen with glass walls, so they could be configured to Schengen or non-Schengen as required. At this point, there were 3 departures scheduled within 5 minutes (see the FIDS) to Stansted, Liverpool and East Midlands. So it was quite a squeeze in there.

The terminal was quite inadequate I thought. No where to stand or sit. Having to queue outside in all sorts of Polish weather is just not on. They could at least have a tented area to protect from rain. All the of the staff I encountered in WMI were unhelpful and rude, clearly treating people with distain. I have no sympathy with them now the airport has been forced into closure. The fact the runway was unsafe doesn't surprise me in the slightlest.

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Despite there being "No Smoking" signs prominently displayed, at least 2 passengers lit up. Quite dangerous given how close we were to refuelling aircraft.

Well if you treat people like animals, they'll behave like them.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

Hi Signol,

nice report, good to get an impression of Modlin Airport. Your pictures from Old Town remind me of my visit there in December.

FR looks bad as usual...


PH



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Hi Robin,

Nice report! Just your usual FR flights, but like you say they are what you make of it. Nice pictures of Warsaw though, gets me in the mood for my 7 days (for work) in Warsaw next week.

Thanks for sharing!
Robert


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5160 times:

Hi Signol

Nice report - thanks for posting. You seemed to get a good day's travel for your moolah and I really enjoyed Warsaw when I visited the city a few years ago (although that was in the Summer).

Pretty good deal with FR but I just can't face flying them these days. When they still had 737-200s, that was different - and it was more for the plane type than the airline.

I enjoyed seeing the pics of Warsaw. It certainly looks different in the winter not surprisingly.

I can't say that I was overly impressed with the airport there. Pretty dire to have to wait outside. I can only imagine how awful that would be when it was snowing. WAW seemed a much nicer establishment...!

Glad you got home without a hitch too.

Cheers Palmjet



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User currently offlineallrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

Ahh Signol, the things we do for an aviation/travel fix when we have kids.   The nice thing about Europe is that you can experience an entirely different country as a day trip - sounds like you really made the most of it.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26951 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Great report  

Always nice to see Warsaw, a city I have been to many times. Hope to go back for a few days this year. Seems they moved the LOT office. It used to be attatched to the Marriot hotel or next to it. I always loved going for coffee and cake at the Marriott  

How long did the train journey take from Airport to City? I have always flown into WAW and taken the 175 bus IIRC.

I like the old town of Warsaw its amazing they managed to rebuild it.

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4881 times:

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That guy looks remarkably like Kim Jong-Un from behind 


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the comments! Sorry I couldn't reply sooner, since I changed jobs last summer I have a lot less time to read, comment, and write reports. Not helped by the fact that our corporate web filter blocks everything with a ".air" anywhere in the URL - supposedly to block .air virus files but has the unfortunate consequence of blocking a lot of aviation related sites!

Quoting Eurohub (Reply 5):
but I suspect it's about departure stats and being able to claim that a flight has "boarded" on time by classifying the completion of boarding pass checks for all pax as the flight having "boarded" regardless of whether the pax are actually onboard the a/c!

Thanks Eurohub, that makes sense.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Good to see you on the road again! Although it was 'only' a Ryanair flight

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Ouch, that hurts. I don't do those kind of early birds any more, need my sleep

I figure it's worth it for the occasional flight! Not like Markus though, every one of his flights seems to start at stupid o'clock. I guess some people can cope better. And having children helps get the body used to being woken at unearthly hours!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Aircraft are not able to park right at the terminal?

No, it was grassed over.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Maybe you should rather encourage your manager to stop smoking iso encourageing him

I always have this discussion! He's not interested in quitting (unlike a couple of other colleagues).

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
good to see something new from you´re hand and also interesting to read about Warsaw Modlin

Thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Nice report Robin, thanks for posting!

Thanks Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
The terminal was quite inadequate I thought. No where to stand or sit. Having to queue outside in all sorts of Polish weather is just not on.

I thought it was fine for an LCC airport, though I managed to get a chair both by the cafe and in the pen. Waiting outside though was not good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
nice report, good to get an impression of Modlin Airport

Thanks PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
FR looks bad as usual...

They are fine if you play by the rules. And pay very little  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Nice report! Just your usual FR flights, but like you say they are what you make of it.

Thanks Robert. Indeed that is the Ryanair game  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
gets me in the mood for my 7 days (for work) in Warsaw next week.

Excellent, how did you find the city?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
Nice report - thanks for posting

Thanks Palmjet  
Quoting allrite (Reply 13):
Ahh Signol, the things we do for an aviation/travel fix when we have kids.

Hi Allrite. Indeed, rare so we have to make the most of them! Changing jobs means I also have absolutely no prospect of international travel.

Quoting allrite (Reply 13):
Europe is that you can experience an entirely different country as a day trip - sounds like you really made the most of it.

That is an advantage  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Great report

Thanks Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
How long did the train journey take from Airport to City? I have always flown into WAW and taken the 175 bus IIRC

The bus to the station was about 10 minutes, and the train onwards about 35 - 40 minutes. As for WAW, there is also a new direct train now.

Quoting Hywel (Reply 15):
That guy looks remarkably like Kim Jong-Un from behind 

Indeed he does!

Thanks all.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

A great report, and what a fantastic way to spend the day - in another country AND taking a plane...

I'm off to Warsaw in 2 weeks time so I am really looking forward to the sights. Looks like no one can avoid the Palace of Science and Culture. Very controversial topic it seems to all !


There is a large grassy area between the apron and the terminal, and there are paths that look temporary crossing this, with another for departing passengers to be held in an open-air "pen"-type enclosure.
Looks like a large B&Q-eqsue building!


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