this is my first trip report on airliners.net and I hop you enjoy it.
My father and I decided to make a nice trip to Riga from the 15th-17th of July. airBaltic is the only airline, which is operating on this route from TXL
. Easyjet is operating from SXF
, but the airport is at the other end of the town, so it is quite comfortable for us.
On friday evening we arrived at Tegel Aiport for the check-in. Our flight was planned for 8 p.m., but unfortunately a big thunderstorm was forecasted for that evening. Fortunately we had luck and the thunderstorm came after midnight. But now here are the first impressions of the airport:
Condor 757-300 parked at A01
Our plane, a 737-300, had just arrived.
The departure hall of the flights. We were put together with the passengers of the flight to Warsaw.
Air Berlin dominating at TXL
, here together with low-cost company Niki.
Then our flight was ready for boarding and we went to the busses.
To: Riga Int. Airport (RIX)
Dep.: 8:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. (GMT+2)
Arr.: 10:30 p.m./11:20 p.m. (GMT+3)
YL-BBL (Boeing 737-300WL)
Boarding was no problem, but then the big waiting began. 20 minutes after boarding the last passengers arrived, but then still nothing happened. But nevertheless I was lucky, because I caught this picture.
One hour after the truly departure, we taxied to runway 26L and took off.
The river Havel and its several lakes.
The district "Charlottenburg" after a 180°-turn eastwards. You can see Tegel Airport (left) and the "Olympiastadion" (right).
Above the clouds...
Now the crew had another problem. They had for the whole plane, which was booked up (around 140 passengers), only one food trolly.
So it took a long time because all the people wanted to eat something and had to pay. I was in the last row and we were shortly before landing. Only one meal was left over and I had to eat it very fast. But I made it and was prepared for the touchdown on runway 36.
We got of the plane with 50 minutes delay. The terminal of Riga is brandnew and I was able to make this shot before I passed the passport control.
Then we took a taxi and went to our hotel, which is in Jurmala at the Baltic Sea. The next day we walked a little bit at the beach.
A little later we took the train to Riga and I will show you now some photos of this nice town.
The Freedom Monument
The "Three Brothers", every house is build in another epoch.
The cathedral of Riga, build in 1211
View from the church St.Peter. You can see the big market at the bottom, the river Daugava and the television tower (368,5m).
The "Roland" in front of the House of the Blackheads.
At the second day we visited the Art Nouveau houses, which Riga is famous for (Latvian Romanticism). Here are some of them.
Changing of the guard in front of the castle.
Then we had to take a taxi to the airport. Unfortunately we weren't asked for a window seat and so we got a middle and a galley seat. After the passport control I had enough time to check out the airport.
The new terminal B.
EZY A319 shortly before pushback.
DHC-8-400 hidden behind som airport stuff.
737-800 taxiing to runway 18.
737-300 has finished its pushback and will depart soon to London.
F100 was not able to take off because of technical problems.
I coudn't believe my eyes, when I saw this beautie landing. An old Hawker of the UK - Air Force!
Of course airBaltic is dominating at RIX
F50 arriving from Gothenburg.
F50 arriving from Kuressaare.
Our flight was already called for boarding, but I had to catch tis nice bird.
to: Berlin Tegel Int. Airport (TXL)
Dep.: 6:15 p.m./6:45 p.m. (GMT+3)
Arr.: 6:55 p.m./7:25 p.m. (GMT+2)
YL-BBP (Boeing 737-500)
Our flight was already late, when it came in. Our departure was a little bit windy but okay. This time I was able to choose my favourite meal, because one trolley was enough for the little 737-500. The plane was nearly full (95% I think).
After a smooth flight we were cleared to land runway 26R.
Some skyscrapers of a suburb.
Short final runway 26R.
Finally we touched down and even had the pleasure to arrive at an air bridge.
I hope you enjoyed reading my first trip report, although it is very long.
See you soon,
[Edited 2007-06-25 21:33:19]