On Friday, 5 October, my two sisters, niece and I flew from London Luton to Chales de Gaulle on EasyJet for a short 1-day visit to Paris. One of our sisters and our niece had never see Paris before.
This was my first time flying through London Luton Airport and with EasyJet. It is very easy to access Luton from the M1 Motorway. The long term car park was well marked and we did not have to wait very long for the shuttle bus to take us to the terminal.
Despite arriving at 5am, the departures hall was very busy. Fortunately, we only had carry-on baggage and had one person in front of us. We checked in, had our passports checked, and received our boarding cards in less than 10 minutes.
Check-in area at Luton:
We proceeded to security. As with all of my experiences traveling through UK airports, they were very strict on the one carry-on rule. One of my sisters had a plastic bag in her hands and they made her put it in her backpack before theyâ€™d let her go through the security check point. After a short queue, removing coats, and putting our liquids in a bin, we were on our way to the departures lounge.
Aircraft: 737-700; Flight: EZY 2451
LTN Departure: 0600, 5 October
Flight time: approx. 55 minutes.
Seats: EasyJet offers open seating. We prepaid the Â£10 round trip cost to be part of the special boarding group and were able to sit in the exit row (17 D/E/F). My niece was in a window seat in the row in front of us (16 F). I am pretty certain those were the seat numbers.
The load on this flight was pretty light and it seemed that all passengers had plenty of room! There were no rows completely full, other than the exit row with 2 seats and the exit row my sisters and I were seated in.
The flight staff was very prompt and professional. Given the short flight, they did provide a BOB snack and beverage service. The cost of these items seemed somewhat reasonable. On longer flights, hot items and sandwiches are also offered for sale.
The flight was very smooth and comfortable. Even my sister who despises flying did not mind it too much. We landed at a very foggy CDG:
Once we cleared passport control, we walked about 5 minutes from CDG Terminal 3 to the train terminal. We took the RER train from CDG to Gare du Nord; travel time was about 45 minutes. From here, we used the Lâ€™Open Tour bus service (cost: â‚¬26) to see the city, as itâ€™s one of the most efficient ways to see most of the city in a few hours. A few pictures from our tour:
We stayed the night in Paris and then returned to CDG via the RER train (30 minute ride this time) on Saturday, 6 October. The check in counter was not very busy. There were people at each of the check in desks, but few people queuing behind them. One desk opened up and we stepped forward. The woman snapped, â€œPlease wait behind the yellow line.â€ Then, another gentleman asked us to come forward. He promptly checked our passports and provided us with our boarding cards.
Aircraft: 737-700; Flight: EZY 2454
CDG Departure: 1340, 6 October; we departed late at approx. 1500.
Flight time: approx. 55 minutes.
Seats: As with LTN-CDG, we had prepaid the Â£10 round trip cost to be part of the special boarding group. At CDG we boarded buses to go to the plane, which meant paying for the special boarding group was not as valuable. People from all of the boarding groups (Special Boarding/Special Assistance/A/B/C) ended up on our bus. One of my sisterâ€™s willingness to â€œpush to the frontâ€ as she deboarded the bus meant that we were again able to sit in the exit row (17 D/E/F). My niece was in a window seat in the row in front of us (16 F).
Delays... As I said, we left late. It felt like we were there FOREVER. Terminal 3 is somewhat boring, but I spent my time waiting watching the large variety of aircraft moving around the airport.
Some pics that resulted from my boredom:
The load on this flight was greater than our LTN-CDG flight had been. A few rows were full and most had 2 people in them. The flight attendants were friendly and provided a snack and beverage service similar to our other flight.
We landed at Luton and proceeded to UK Customs. The walk from the flight to passport control took about 5-10 minutes. We stood in a queue for about 15 minutes in the queue, then cleared customs and were on our way. I, who am notorious for not losing things, could not find our parking ticket. The LTN staff was very accommodating â€“ they asked when I entered and only charged me for the time our car was in the car park.
LTN Pics (If youâ€™d like to see more, just PM me, as I have a couple more!):
My family and I really enjoyed this trip! We were very impressed by EasyJetâ€™s service at the airport and in-flight! I will definitely consider them in my future inter-Europe travel plans!!
nice to read a EZY-story, not from the usual European travellers point of view.
I was also there at CDG last Tuesday, the 9th, also the foggy situation.
But it seems the fog cleared up during your stay at Paris, sounds you enjoyed it.
I like Paris, one of my fav cities around Europe.
Thanx for posting,
So far I've had 28 return flights with Easyjet & can honestly say I've not had a bad flight with them yet! Yes there's been a few delays but normally due to things like weather & ATC in other words things beyond Easyjet's control! they are by far my favourite LCC!
Like you my only gripe is the boarding of the buses at CDG! there should be 1 bus for priority boarding, then each group should have its own bus to the aircraft. This would remove the free for all when the bus doors are opened!!
This is very usual at CDG during fall, winter & spring. I have made several amazing landings there, including some where you still see nothing but "white cotton" outside after the wheels touched ground. The best one was last february in an AF A332 arriving from ORD. The A332 have nose camera and we were descending in a heavy fog, so the PTV screen was just... white and suddenly the lights of the runway's threshold appeared on the screen from the fog, seconds before touching ground.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1): But it seems the fog cleared up during your stay at Paris
There is very rarely fog inside Paris. The CDG fog is usually completely concentrated above CDG. I work at 5 km from the airport and usually we have nothing there, while the airport is completely covered by fog
I'm none too keen on EZY but have to use them on occasion. I find the staff none too friendly and diskile the boarding procedure, being made to line up in these pens makes me feel like an enclosed animal - I assume that's how they feel anyway!
Re the bussing, I do agree that a seperate bus or something should be laid on for SB pax otherwise the advantage of paying the extra for you to choose where to sit is lost.
Quoting Greggarious (Reply 6): Nice report, especially the pictures! Also, way to sneak a shot of the Mona Lisa past the curators!
haha...no kidding...people were pretty crazy in trying to get pics of her...very insane and quite the mob. The Louvre lets visitors take pics of her, which I thought was not the case. There is a barrier between the ML and where spectators stand, perhaps that deters the impact of the flash.