Cabincrewifly
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Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:54 pm

Hello A.net trip report readers!

As a regular reader of trip reports, I decided that I'd give one a try myself. I fly from ORK-DUB roughly twice a month so its a regular for me. I will be adding different trip reports within the next month. This is my first try at a trip report so any comments are welcome. Thanks  

Ryanair operate day return flights on the ORK-DUB route from Mon-Fri so it suits me perfectly. I booked my flight for Tuesday July 26th. I went to DUB to go spotting for a few hours and I wanted to see what T2 air-side is like.


Flight: FR 9842
Route: ORK-DUB T1
A/C: Boeing 737-8AS
Registration: EI-EMR
Ground handling: Servisair
Seat: 9A
Distance: 273 KM
Duration: 35 mins

Check-in: On-line check-in is available on Ryanair.com from 15 days up to 4 hours prior to your departure time. A hefty fee of €40 is charged at the airport if you fail to present your boarding card! I really like on-line check-in and try to use it where possible. I checked in about 5 days prior.

Transport to Cork Airport:
I travelled by public bus to Cork Airport with Bus Eireann. Their first service of the morning departs Parnell place bus station at 05.40 and arriving at Cork Airport at 05.55 approx. For a return ticket is €6.60. Personally, I think the price is a bit dear for a 15 minute journey, but Bus Eireann are reliable and get you to the airport safely and on-time. Its a pleasant journey, the bus does make one stop in the Cork Airport business park before arriving at the terminal.
Bus Eireann


Onwards and upwards:
I arrived at the airport in plenty of time and I wasn't very hungry so I went straight up to security screening area. There was a bit of a queue but it moved quite fast. As you leave the security screening area, you walk through the Loop airport shopping area which is at DUB, SNN, ORK. My flight was scheduled to depart at 07.30 so I would head to the gate around 07.00. When I checked the departure screens it showed my flight was boarding from gate 6 but then about 15 mins later it changed to gate 2. My average I pay for ORK-DUB route is about 22 euro. The pricing details for this flight are as follows for the return flights:
Fare: €19.98
Passenger Fee: CANX €4 (Not sure what this fee is for! Anyone know?)
Web check-in: €12
Total: €35.98 (I paid with mastercard pre-pay so no handling fee)

Boarding:
Boarding was called at 07.05 and the usual boarding scrum started. Around 10 people had priority boarding which I think is a waste on the ORK-DUB flights because they rarely have a load on the flight of over 40 percent. ORK-DUB used be x5 times daily, then it went to x3 daily, now its once daily in each direction. The FR 9842 is operated by one of the two Cork based FR A/C. When FR 9842 lands at DUB, the aircraft goes to LPL-ORK-LGW-ORK. Its a 5 sector day for today's crew! Anyway. We boarded through gate 2 and proceeded to board EI-EMR which is a new registration for me.I was greeted by a smile from the no1 who had a strong Scottish accent. I boarded via the front air-stairs and sat in seat 9A.


EI A320 pushback

W6 from WAW

The safety demo was in progress and push-back began at 07.20.

We taxied past the old terminal, and back-tracked on runway 35.
Take a look at the take-off video and subscribe to my channel  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8GdxovBZEU

Shortly after take-off, the crew were released and commenced their duties. Hello magazine and the Irish Independent was for sale, along with smokeless cigarettes, scratch cards, call cards and sim cards. They then passed through the cabin with the gift trolley.

Leg room shot

In-flight at 28,000 ft

Winglet

On-approach to runway 28


We landed on runway 28 at Dublin Airport at 08.05, 5 minutes ahead of schedule. It took a few minutes to reach Pier D.

Landing Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smlvdr9Y810

We disembarked promptly, I really like Pier D at DUB, its bright, modern and airy. Its a bit of a walk to passport control. There was now queue at passport control so straight through then I headed up-stairs to Starbucks and then headed out spotting for a few hours. I did't have to be back to the airport until about 16.30

Spotting next to runway 28:



Part 2 DUB-ORK will be posted in the next few hours. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. 

[Edited 2011-07-27 10:55:12]
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n272wa
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:10 pm

Cheers for the TR on this domestic route. Hard to believe that there is now only 1 daily flight from Cork to Dublin.
How times have changed!
Looking forward to reading your return leg. Hope you enjoyed your spotting out at DUB, at least it wasn't raining.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:52 pm

Quoting n272wa (Reply 1):

I know its awful. I hope Cork can retain this route.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:02 pm

Hi Cabincrewifly,

thanks for this nice short report. Rather interesting for me since I have also recently booked a flight on this route for october this year, albeit in the other direction (DUB-ORK).

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
Passenger Fee: CANX €4 (Not sure what this fee is for! Anyone know?)

Not really sure but I think this is because of a rather new European law that says that airlines have to refund the passengers in case of cancellation, long delays, etc. In true Ryanair fashion they charge their customers for the added costs. See also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_261/2004

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
There was now queue at passport control so straight through then

Passport control for a domestic flight?

Greetings
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:07 pm

Hi CaptainRed,

We all had to go through passport control and show the passport to the police officer, there was no domestic fast-track lane.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:22 pm

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Passport control for a domestic flight?

Everyone proceeds through the same channel in Ireland. If you are on a domestic flight, you only need to show your boarding card stub, and maybe asked for other ID.

There is very little domestic air traffic in Ireland now, so it does not make sense to have dedicated areas.

Finally, FR INSIST on a passport as ID on all flights.
 
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:57 pm

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
I think is a waste on the ORK-DUB flights because they rarely have a load on the flight of over 40 percent.

40% isn't so bad...I would have thought it would be far less. KIR-DUB tends to hover around the 15%-20% mark when I fly it.
 
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:43 pm

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 6):
40% isn't so bad...I would have thought it would be far less. KIR-DUB tends to hover around the 15%-20% mark when I fly it.

Yup, i agree - same experiences here. I find the ORK loads to be healthier than those on the KIR. Last summer, I was on a KIR with 23 pax.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:27 pm

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 5):
Everyone proceeds through the same channel in Ireland. If you are on a domestic flight, you only need to show your boarding card stub, and maybe asked for other ID.

There is very little domestic air traffic in Ireland now, so it does not make sense to have dedicated areas.

Aer Arann had a "fast track" for their domestic flights, which consists of someone standing at the side of passport control lifting the barrier for you to skip the queue after you show your boarding card. Not sure if they still do now that Donegal is their only remaining domestic flight.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 6):

40% isn't so bad...I would have thought it would be far less. KIR-DUB tends to hover around the 15%-20% mark when I fly it.

I used to be a regular on DUB-ORK before I moved to the UK in January, and quite often it could be up to 60% or more, even when it was down to one flight a day.

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
Distance: 273 KM
Duration: 35 mins

35 mins? Must have had a headwind! Managed 17 minutes from rotation to touch down once. Thanks for posting this though, its always nice to read a TR on a route you're familiar with!
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:34 pm

Hi!

Many thanks for the report. Nice to read about a different route and the videos were cool too. Do you mind if I ask where you go to spot planes in Dublin airport. I'm going maybe in September for the day with Ryanair too from London and I'll be in the airport for a few hours and would like to see some runway action if possible. I've been to Dublin airport before but only saw roads and hotels near the airport exit.

Anyway thanks again for the report.

Pierre
 
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:41 pm

Nice first trip report, enjoyed reading it. but 7 euro's for a 15Min journey is indeed a bit much.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:28 pm

Hi there,
and thanks for this short little report.

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
My average I pay for ORK-DUB route is about 22 euro

If you have ORK-DUB you travel on frequently, then I have HEL-RVN. After Norwegian started flights on that route I can fly on the route starting at 25 EUR - though that flight is about 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
Web check-in: €12

That's completely crazy. They charge a fee for web check-in, and if you do not use web check-in there's yet another penalty charge. Well - it's Ryanair.

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Thread starter):
ORK-DUB flights because they rarely have a load on the flight of over 40 percent

That's sad to hear - how was the load on your flight - no exception, I guess?

Keep flying high!
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Hi 717 flyer and thanks for the comments.

1) Web check in- I no its so crazy. On the only option you have to check-in, they charge you. Sometimes its free. As you said, it is Ryanair.

2) Outbound-The load was about 60-70 pax
Inbound-The load was around 45-55 pax.

I don't know why FR is keeping on this route with such low loads. I head that on DUB-KIR, the loads are even lower and they still keep this route going.
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:10 pm

Quoting n272wa (Reply 1):


How times have changed!
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:16 pm

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 9):
Hi!

Many thanks for the report. Nice to read about a different route and the videos were cool too. Do you mind if I ask where you go to spot planes in Dublin airport. I'm going maybe in September for the day with Ryanair too from London and I'll be in the airport for a few hours and would like to see some runway action if possible. I've been to Dublin airport before but only saw roads and hotels near the airport exit.

Anyway thanks again for the report.

Pierre

You can walk to the various viewing spots on the perimeter, although the actual perimeter road itself does not have footpaths, so you may be more comfortable renting a car for a few hours.

Exiting the airport, simply take the R132 road in the direction of Santry (it;s a right turn from either the Main roundabout which leads to the M1 or from the Traffic lights if you take the airport exit near the long term car parks)

Continue down the R132 until you come to a set of traffic lights which are adjacent to the approach lights for RWY 28, and turn right. Simply continue down this road, and the first viewing location is on your left. Just beware this is also a popular "lovers lane" spot.. so beware of any cars with steamy windows...  

This location is also good for departures and arrivals on RWY16, or 34.

Further locations can be found closer to the 10 end of the runway. These have a raised embankment which easily sees over the fence and provides a great vantage point for departures or arrivals on 10 and take offs from 28.

There are even more vantage points, but these two are undoubtedly the best in normal conditions.
 
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RE: Ryanair: Cork-Dublin

Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:23 pm

Nice report, seems like you had a nice flight on FR!

Thanks for sharing!
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