Wow, seems it is a party day today for our LH cheerleaders here in the forum
Actually, I flew Ryanair for the first time last weekend and was absolutely positively surprised by the two flights from Frankfurt-120km-Hahn to Bournemouth and back!
The aircraft on both ways was EI-CSR, a 3 month old 737-800 which offered a surprisingly generous legroom (much more than TAP Air Portgual which I had to suffer in January..). Parking at the terminal in HHN was convenient and for free; according to the cars numberplates the people came from all over Western and Southern Germany, plus some from Luxembourg and France. However I did not see and car from frankfurt (well, who cares about FRA anyway ?
) . Check in was done very quick, the flights went absolutely on time, even arrived early. The flight crew was very friendly and helpful and you felt the enthousiasm of building something new in German air transport.
The flights were about 95% full on the way to Bournemouth, on the way back we had a load factor of maybe 80%, not bad for an airline that departs from an airport which "nobody knows".
The passengers were by far not all the rucksack hitchhiker type which many people expect. It was merely a nice mixture of business people, travelling families and other people; the atmosphere on board was friendly and relaxed.
So - I was so impressed that I will go on my next Ryanair flight tomorrow, from HHN to Bergamo and back... one day Italy for 18.57 Euro....
On a side note, the FR flights brought me even LH Frequent Flyer Miles.... I simply paid them with my LH credit card
Go Ryanair! I am looking forward for your next destinations ex HHN, and I couldn't care less if you call the airport Hahn, Frankfurt, Paris or Rpfglzmnzrqtz....