Thought I'd try to post a few pics from a day trip I managed to take today from London Gatwick (my local airport) to Dublin airport (and Dublin city a little).
Apologies I have no photos of the beginning of the trip left because I mistakenly took a photo inside the Gatwick X-Ray room and had to delete that pic but my camera has no backlight so to prove I deleted it I had to delete all the pics I had up to that point. So the journey begins from airside in Gatwick's south terminal (the pics I had taken before were mainly showing the weather a little foggy and overcast).
South terminal airside.
Harrods in the South terminal:
Layout of the South terminal gates. We were eventually called from gate 11 I think which is in the middle concourse. The flight to Shannon from last month was from gate 10 on the smaller lower concourse (where I think also Aer Lingus flights board?).
10.00am flight to Dublin. Please wait in the lounge.
Tried to take a pic of the huge Pret-A-Manger in Gatwick's South terminal airside (mainly because it's so large).
Walking to the gate.
The stairs down before boarding the aircraft.
Some other interesting planes (EuroAtlantic, US Airways 757 with winglets, Mexicana to Mexico City):
First Choice and British Airways 737 holding short of the runway:
Entering the runway/takeoff:
Flying over cloud:
Landing (we turned off the runway at exit Echo 6 (I think)).
Aer Lingus A330. We landed on runway 28 and had a cruise altitude of 32,000ft. I think we then taxied to pier D where most if not all of the Ryanair flights depart.
O'Connell Street (one of the main shopping streets).
There was a store called Eason whcih was kinda like Border's Books and music. Took this pic there. (the best magazines section!).
The best roast.
Dinner (it tasted better than it photographed!).
General airport view.
I was advised that Pier B had the best spotting oppotunities and it definitely had. Basically it's like a big panorama for the main runway.
That's pretty much all the pics I could take. The return flight was for 3.45pm so was quite a relaxed day flying. I enjoyed seeing Dublin airport having listened to it a lot on LiveAtc and seeing the town centre was quite cool too.
Apologies if the report is too short. I tried to keep it from becoming too boring(!)
Any comments etc. welcome (might post a few more pics from the air if wanted or it feels cool).
[Edited 2009-02-19 13:48:37]