Please allow me here to continue my previous trip report
Transferring at Gatwick airport
After following the Flight Connection sign, we ended up again in a queue before security. It then strikes me that both LGW and LHR do not separate passengers travelling inside and outside EU. Everyone is being gathered in the same area on the airside. Each transiting passenger has to undergo the same security check no matter what.
The queue. I found out later on by signage that it was actually not allowed to photograph at that point.
The queue was at the end dividing itself in two lanes. Fortunately, my partner and I have chosen the quicker lane. We were through after fifteen minutes.
We dressed ourselves again (I mean putting back our jacket and shoes on, we were not literally stripped and made our way upstairs.
The airport interior
I found that the interior of Duty Free area was more inviting than Heathrow. The high ceiling gives in some way an airy feeling.
I have seen this on other TR’s. I am glad to capture it by myself.
Our next stop would be the famous BA Terraces Lounge.
The entrance through the third level
In LGW BA Terraces Lounge is divided in the third and the fourth level.
I have read that the fourth level is usually quieter than the third one. That was why we went upstairs through the stair. We could have taken the lift as well but we thought there was no harm in a little exercise.
The signage. We had to turn left and take the entrace to the Terraces Lounge.
We were greeted by a friendly lounge attendant who waived us through after scanning our boarding passes.
The lounge was surprisingly busy at half past seven in the morning. At the first glance, every window seat was taken. We turned left passing the Cappuccino Bar and went around the corner. We found a space passing the Worldwide Wine Bar.
The view from our first spot
As we settled down, I stood up and started taking pictures.
Worldwide Wine Bar
As I walked around, I noticed an empty space on the corner of the windows. This corner is furnished with nice wooden furniture. I quickly notified my partner to move there.
Our second place
As we were moving in, I noticed at the corner of my eye some BA lounge staffs gathering next to the pantry. One of them was pointing at me. Oops! Did I do anything wrong, I thought. Soon after, a BA lounge attendant approached our table.
“Excuse me, Sir. We have been notified that you were taking pictures of our lounge. Is there anything we need to address to?” she asked.
I was baffled and I replied. “There is nothing wrong. I was just taking pictures for my own collection. I am not a professional.”
She nodded understandingly and slunk off.
My partner and I were looking at each other and wondering, “What is this all about?”
I must say I did not feel really comfortable at that moment. I thought of grabbing a strong espresso from the Cappuccino Bar.
As I stood up, a male lounge attendant came to our table. He was very apologetic and told that a male passenger got annoyed of me taking pictures and apparently addressed his disapproval in an aggressive way to the lounge attendants. The attendants were not bothered by my action at all.
This lovely BA guy said, “I am very sorry for that. Can I offer you anything for the inconvenience? A glass of champagne perhaps?”
How on earth could we decline such tempting offer? So the BA guy returned to the pantry to get our drinks.
In the meantime, it started raining cats and dogs outside.
Darn! There goes my in flight window view, I thought.
I spotted an Emirates Triple 7 about to pass under the bridge.
The nature called. Time for obligatory visit to the toilet. The toilets are located right on the left after the entrance of the lounge.
The well maintained lavatory
The Elemis Spa products can be found in the lounge washrooms as well
The Cappuccino Bar
Our glasses of champagne were delivered. We thanked the BA guy and drank a toast of our holiday.
I was getting peckish. So I went to see the food offerings.
The pastry corner
The dairy and salad corner
I got talking again to the BA guy I mentioned before. He was a nice chap working for BA in the LGW lounge for five years. So he has gained a lot of experiences with the lounge visitors. Some of them can unfortunately be considered as snobs.
Another window seats on the apron side were vacated. So, we changed again.
The view of the lounge from our third spot
Our former Boeing in the middle of the picture was being prepared for the flight to Malaga. Hey, can you spot the baby Boeings’ nursery in the background?
The sky started clearing up
We left the lounge about ten minutes before boarding. The assigned gate was gate 61. I was excited as it would be my first time flying A319.
Photo © Andy Fairminer
Our second itinerary:
Date: 25 April 2009
ETD/ATD: 09.20 / 09.20
ETA/ATA: 15.50 / 15.40
Flight number: BA 2868
Delivered: 20 March 2000
The holding room
Not long after we got seated, the boarding started. Apparently, there were many passengers travelling Club Europe.
Waiting in the aerobridge
We were welcomed by two male flight attendants. As we entered the cabin, I noticed that the Club Europe cabin divider had been placed right after the emergency exit row. The Paphos route must be very popular for Club Europe passengers.
The middle seat was again left empty
For this flight we were provided pillows and blankets
The mighty Triple Sevens next to our plane
The screens were retracted for the safety instruction
The view of the other side
Passing the inactive second runway of LGW and entering the main runway.
The engine spooled up and a powerful take off followed.
Turning back towards the southeast.
LGW on our right side
The pilot came to the intercom and announced that our routing would be Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Turkey before descending into Cyprus.
The inflight information
Getting prepared for a four and a half hour flight
Hot towels were distributed
Soon enough, the breakfast service was started.
This time a real full English breakfast
My partner and I were really into champagne breakfast
By that time, we were flying above Germany.
Bodensee and Zurichsee at the far end
The trays were cleared up as we were passing over the Alps.
The Club Europe toilet was well supplied
The view of the Euro Traveler cabin from the back
Still less than two hours to go
I just love the reflection of the fuselage at the engine
The snack service started. A choice of beverages with a pack of macadamia nuts. I chose champagne. My partner went for beer.
The flight progress
The Greek coastline
About forty minutes before scheduled time, we started to descend
We were entering the Cypriot flight corridor parallel to the coastline before making the U-turn towards the Paphos airport.
Making the turn
The road along the coastline
The dam in the background
Beautiful cypress and olive orchards
Airport in sight
To my displeasure, the battery of my camera died.
I was really upset as there were a lot of interesting birds on the platform. At that moment, I could not think of any other solution of taking pictures.
PFO does not have aerobridges. So everyone has to get bussed to and from the aircrafts. The platform is interestingly located at couple feet above the passenger terminal.
After our Airbus came to a stop and the seatbelt signs were switched off, we were released. It did not take long before we could deboard.
My partner has taken this photos for me from the bus
Then I realized that I had my mobile phone with me. So I took some pictures with it. Sorry for the less quality.
The passenger terminal building at the far end
Leaving our baby Bus
As we were driven to the arrival hall, we were passing some airplanes.
Thomsonfly Boeing 757
Air Italy Boeing 767
The ground attendant unlocked the arrival door
The passport control was a breeze. We were soon in the Baggage Claim area.
Although the priority tag was put on our luggage. It took ages but ours came on the baggage conveyor belts. I started thinking that the whole priority thing is actually an empty formality.
Impressions of the outside arrival hall. These pictures were taken on the way back.
I will include some pictures from Cyprus when I am writing my return journey. I have put a slightly different layout of the TR’s. Still I hope you enjoy my report so far. Please let me know if you have some comments or suggestions.