Seeing the need for some time to do the planning, the idea was to hold a meeting in a location with rather mild climate sometime late-fall. In addition, suggestion was to hold the meeting in a place that offers some more distraction than just the airport ...
Barcelona (BCN) was agreed upon to be the first choice:
Spotting is said to be good around the airport with a good mix of a/c & carriers.
The city itself is very insteresting.
Flights to BCN are available virtually from all over Europe on LCCs and Legacy Carriers.
The airport is well connected to the city center (railway, bus, taxi).
Hotels near the airport tend to be cheaper than "downtown".
Mid-November should offer still some mild weather.
The idea of dates is as follows.
Date: Saturday, 11-NOV-2006 for spotting at the airport
optional: Sunday, 12-NOV-2006: Join a narrated City Sightseeing Tour starting at Plaza Catalunya.
Some quick checks revealed the following:
A flight on LX from Germany to BCN currently sells at 123 EUR (Friday to Monday).
4*-hotel Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto charges 78 EUR per night (single occ. including breakfast) and offers a free Shuttle-bus. Other options ?
- Is there interest in such a meeting ?
- Is the date okay ? Or would there be substancial interest in postponing the meeting by one week ?
- Can anybody Local share some insights about spotting at BCN ? Providing a website ?
- Would anybody Local be willing to help in organizing the meeting incl. taking over the lead of the grpup when it comes to walking from A to B ?