Check-in was very smooth, lots of desks open and no queue. Got my boarding card, with my allocated seat, and proceeded to the T1 security area. There was a long queue, not helped by the fact that domestic passengers have to use the staff priority channel - meaning that at least 20 staff jumped the queue before I got through. Once through I had a walk around the shops and got a coffee before proceeding to the gate area where the flight was already boarding.
Only about 30 passengers on this flight so boarding was very quick. The seat was comfortable, the pitch was OK and I was the only one in my row, so lots of elbow room. Following the safety demo from the very friendly cabin crew we were away, and soon after take-off the trolley came around offering the usual LCC fayre - I had a coffee which was perfectly acceptable and a quite reasonable £1.50.
No delays into LGW this evening, so in no time at all we were on the stand at LGW's South terminal, which is a complete dump. After leaving the aircraft domestic passengers have to be given a bar coded piece of paper by a security officer to prove they have arrived from the UK - this just creates long queues on the apron (fortunately it wasn't raining this evening). Arriving and departing passengers then have to fight to get through the one very narrow corridor leading from the gate area to the arrivals area - total chaos and typical BAA!
I was at check-in two hours before departure but despite Groundstar staff actually sitting there they said they were not opening check-in for another 15 minutes. When I pointed out on my confirmation e-mail that check-in was supposed to open two hours before departure the agent shrugged her shoulders and told me to return in 15 minutes. This I did and was checked-in by a miserable, bored looking agent - typical Southerner if you ask me
Security was fairly quick and after a coffee and a sandwich it was time to board. Once on the pier to the domestic gates there was a 20 minute queue (yes, 20 minutes) just to get through the boarding card check - BAA does it again! Once through boarding had already commenced so it was straight on to the aircraft. Load was again rather light - probably 40 or so people, and again I had a row to myself. Interestingly, I was in row 5 on the return and there was definitely 2 inches more legroom than on my previous flight where I was in row 4 - anyone know why that is? Pushback was 10 minutes ahead of schedule and we were airborne right on schedule at 8pm.
Just 40 minutes later we were on the ground at MAN - unfortunately all Jet2 aircraft park at terminal 1, so domestic passengers have to be bussed to terminal 3. This was quite quick though and as I had only hand baggage I was in my car just a few minutes later.
All in all I was impressed with Jet2. Their aircraft were clean and comfortable, the crews were friendly and both flights arrived early. The only disappointment was the poor facilities and service at LGW, but for £76 return I can't really complain.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3843 times:
Another satisfied customer! Glad to hear you enjoyed Jet2.
It seems as though word is slowly starting to get around from passengers using the services from MAN that Jet2 are well worth trying out (it's what us Leeds folk have been saying for the past 2 years )
Hopefully if the positive comments I have read regarding their MAN ops are a true reflection, people will keep coming back to them and realise that low cost doesn't have to mean low expectations (though isn't that a bmi slogan?).
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3696 times:
Cheers for the report, I almost booked to fly Jet2 MAN-LGW in a few weeks but British Airways often match Jet2's fares on this route. Hence I went with BA and paid £63 return. Still I hope to try Jet2 soon enough!
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
Good report, you arrived on Pier 1, which will explain the dump
G-CELH seems to do the LGW run a lot lately, hense all the reports on this route on her. I did the same as Mark, booked BA, only £3 more. If you can find a good day you can get £30 rtn. with Jet2, a great fare,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
A321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
The best price i have had so far is £76.00 return for two adults which isnt bad at all, thats about 2 - 3 days before departure. Much cheaper than BA/BMI and for just about the same service all in all.
Sincil From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3378 times:
I flew Jet2 MAN-AMS in February. My comments echo what everyone else is saying. A good service at a good price. I booked in December and paid £48(!) return. Flew out on one of their 733's and back on the leased 734.
I can't see anything but success for them if they can keep it up!