This is the continuation of Finally Edelweiss! BRU-ZRH-ACE (by sultanils Feb 9 2015 in Trip Reports), for more background info on how this trip started: read it all there!
OA260 and I head into the domestic terminal and grab ourselves something to drink from the one and only landside café/eatery.
No need to check in anymore as this is done a few days ahead online - Binter Canarias have a free seating policy on board.
This afternoons planned departures of intra-Canaries flights.
After a good but too short chat, I bid adieu to OA260 and make my way airside. No bull with liquids or laptops here at security, I can leave it all in my bag
As expected, the airside is small and gives a limited view on the larger international terminal.
There’s a total of 5 gates, boarding is done by walking to the plane.
Gate 3 is assigned for the my flight to Gran Canaria.
A look at the FID shows a 4h delay for this Canaryfly flight - delayed and cancelled Canaryflies will prove to be a constant thing here unfortunately. More on that later.
Seems to be an engine issue? With a 4h delay, a serious one methinks
The inbound comes racing in - literally - accompanied by that lovely dual toned prop roar.
Fist up = you’re at the right spot for parking.
The wait for boarding is very short and soon enough we’re let loose on the apron.
ACE to LPA
ATR72-212 EC-IYC Los Gofiones
Photo © A. Zanetti
The route details, with the actual flown flight path.
Departure @ ACE.
Arrival @ LPA.
Uh oh, just wait a few more minutes. I’m out as the first one but am stopped by a ramp worker in front of a pedestrian crossing outside. Seemingly they’re not fully ready for us yet.
Here’s an Express delivery.
Ok, now we’re free to go! A few pics of Los Gofiones por favor.
Mind the dog next to the door!
Boarding through the rear door, ATR style!
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Ouch, this looks tacky Why no seat colours in line with the livery?
I settle down in 6D, next to the propellor. The window is heavily scratched - as are all windows - so phototaking is challenging.
2 female FA’s on this service, the cabin is clean and the load is 100% with nearly half of the plane consisting of deadheading crews of TUI, Thomas Cook,... flying to LPA to start their journey home from there.
Ads on the headrest covers.
Legroom is low unfortunately.
A party of 4 seats upfront, 2 people can experience what it is like to fly backwards
Mind the dog again! A series of automated anncoucements is played whilst people settle in. This flight is anncounced as operated by Canair which quite frankly I find a stupid name Flight time is 45 mins which is the same as the time originally displayed at the booking. Na padding of schedules here with Binter, what you see is what you get.
Here’s the magazine which is not too interesting...
... and the safety instructions card. Woof!
Then it’s pushback time, under our own power since the ATR has this cool feature to reverse taxi on it’s own
Over to runway 03 now.
The engines spool up and off we go. I curse myself that I have forgotten to take my ear plugs out of my bag - which is in the overhead bin - because the noise level is nearly unbearable during takeoff
We’re through the thin cloud layer very quick and luckily the noise level is now more acceptable with the engines in cruise mode
Next up: service! A grand choice between still or sparkling water is offered together with a chocolate wafer.
After flying for 35 mins, the island of Gran Canaria comes in sight.
Due to our plane cruising at relatively low altitude, we are beneath the clouds quickly and prepare for a runway 03L approach.
Here we are! The eastern side of the airport houses an important Spanish military airbase.
The domestic terminal is located at the far north side of the airfield, that’s where we taxi to.
The engines are shut down and we may disembark a few minutes later. LPA is the busiest of the Canary Islands airports. And it’s not even summer!
LPA PART 1
Bye now to Los Gofiones, she’s heading back to ACE.
The walk to the terminal is merely 50m.
Connecting domestically at LPA is easy and fast, just follow the signs and a few doors and hallways later, you’re there!
Again, a delayed Canaryfly flight on the top row. However, this one is due to adverse weather at TFN and not a mechanical issue as will be shown soon.
Gate A11 is the one for my flight to SPC.
Boarding time comes and goes and seeing the gate agents happily gossip around it seems there is no intention to get us out on time. Besides, there’s not even a plane to do so! I stand guard by the window and watch the goings on instead - there’s a steady stream of charter and Binter birds coming in.
A long while later - the FID starts moving, now we’re officially delayed. Good that this is the last flight of today, so for me it doesn’t really matter much.
40 mins late, our plane is finally there.
The agents stop their chit chat and the gate flashes to boarding. Out we go
LPA to SPC
ATR72-212 EC-KYI Guarapo
Photo © Erwin van Hassel
The route details, with the actual flown flight path.
Departure @ LPA.
Arrival @ SPC. Seems like the gps was a tad confused here
The sky is turning nasty...
So this is Guarapo, she will transport me to SPC this late afternoon. This one has a slightly different livery than the previous plane, can you spot the differences?
The prop is tied down to prevent it from turning by the harsh winds.
No dog next to the door. The operator is different, not Canair but NAYSA (Navegación y Servicios Aéreos Canarios).
Under the wing you know - a common catch phrase that is patented by fellow reporter FLIEGER67.
It’s definitely raining back there.
But right here it is nice and sunny.
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From now on - and I apologise - there are quite a bit of déja-vus, I hope you don’t mind.
Surprisingly, legroom is better here than it was on the previous flight. The fact that the seat next to me remains vacant adds to the comfort
The safety instructions card, NAYSA style.
Pax queueing to board our plane.
In the far distance I see this CRJ900 EC-JZV which is leased from Air Nostrum and operates the longer flights of Binter to RAI, LIS, RAK and DKR for ex.
The door is closed now. 2 female FA’s also on this service, the pilot in command with a nice welcome in Spanish only, explaining about the adverse weather at TFN and our delay as a consequence of that. Flight time will be 50 mins - again the same as scheduled.
We back up and head for the runway which is still 03L.
I like these retro-ish liveries.
The military part of the airport.
One Binter ahead of us. This time I’m prepared, my ear plugs are in place
Goodbye to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - see you tomorrow.
Cruise height is reached very quickly and when the seatbelt sign is off, the crew heads to the rear galley to prepare for the service round.
Seems like a fellow passenger has a similar taste in music?
The island of Tenerife with the El Teide volcano. The captain is on the horn again, telling us about the nice view on the volcano and the clouds below where TFN airport is covered in thick clouds.
Service, Binter style. Nothing else expected
A taste of Spanglish on board.
We then head into the clouds again for our approach into the airport of Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The approach is very nice as we fly parallel to the mountaineous island for a while at low altitude. Pity there are many clouds....
Landing is on runway 01, followed by a backtrack and left turn to the apron.
We are expected!
One comes in, one goes out.
The crew with a friendly gracias at the door and out on the apron it is.
We’re the sole plane on the airfield now. The views on the mountains are very nice - pity the weather is just so and so, only 14°C.
The guys unloading the luggage.
SPC PART 1
And me taking the last pics which is no issue here
Then it’s again a few steps until the terminal building.
Through bagage reclaim...
... and out into the public. The public bus runs once an hour and of course I just miss it So a taxi into town it is. I check myself in at the hotel, which is the El Galéon - a basic apartment style place - and then I head off for a walk and dinner.
SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA
So OA260, is this one for you?
Santa Cruz de la Palma isn’t particularly exciting nor nice imho.
After a simple but filling dinner at this café, I head back for the hotel and call it a night.
The ship is leaving port for its nightly voyage to somewhere else.
Nice mural but what does it stand for?
Following a relaxing night, the prebooked taxi is there to pick me up at the requested time. A 15 mins drive to the airport it is, the place is nice and quiet on this early Sat morning.
A view to the sea, standing with my back to the terminal.
SPC PART 2
The check in area.
This mornings departures.
Remember my previous report and the cancelled Canaryfly booking? Well, originally I was booked on the 10h20 PM414 to TFN. Due to the cancellation by Canaryfly of the 2nd leg of that booking 2 days ago, the whole booking was cancelled and refunded and I rebooked myself on Binter Canarias on the same route SPC-TFN-LPA. Now with yesterdays weather issues at TFN in mind, I head up to the desk and enquire on the status of flights at TFN today. The agent informs me that the situation is still the same today probably but for now everything runs (flies) according to schedule. I don’t want to risk being heavily delayed or even cancelled at TFN because then I would miss my flight to LPA and consequently also the rest of the journey to FNC. Therefore I decide to rebook myself (for free) on the direct 8h40 flight to LPA and not to fly via TFN. Too bad I miss out on logging this airport but I really don’t want to jeopardize the rest of the day (and tomorrow).
With my new boarding pass in hand, I head up 1 floor to clear security.
Colourful seaters post security.
This is not exactly MAD T4 now is it
To kill the remaining time, I walk to the very end of the concourse and see the 1st flight of the day coming in on time from TFN.
The daylight gets brighter and reveals some more birds on the apron, like this overnighting Canaryfly.
And another overnighting Binter.
A few minutes later, the 2nd flight of the day taxies in, this will be my ride to LPA.
Parked at puerta quatro.
The earlier departures to TFN have not yet been called for boarding yet and I’m starting to realise I indeed took the right decision to change my flight to a direct one - I know it’s very a.netter unlike but in this case it was the best I could do
The turnaround is quick and efficient and boarding starts for the flight to LPA.
SPC to LPA
ATR72-212 EC-LFA Rapadura
Photo © Carlos Enamorado
The route details, with the actual flown flight path.
Departure @ SPC.
Arrival @ SPC.
My 3rd Binter flight and 3rd unique registration, so far so good. Nearly utwyk.
The Canary Islands airline.
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Once more, red leather seaters here, a clean cabin and 2 female FA’s for our safety, comfort and service. Oh yes, and NAYSA is operating this one.
Tthere’s this magazine too. Or have you seen it already a few pics earlier? Can’t really remember
A slightly different perspective as this is sort of a uteyk. But then from the inside...
This guy guides the reversing ATR next door. He gestures with rolling arms and puts his arm in the air when it’s time to turn, quite cool to see.
After reversing by ourselves, we head for departure which goes from runway 01 this morning. No info from the flightdeck but once again the flight time is to be 50 mins, as scheduled.
The props are fired up & my ear plugs are in place, let’s go!
The town of Santa Cruz de la Palma.
Leaving this mountaineous island behind us.
Service time! Not that I expected to receive anything else
The remainder of the flight, I listen to some music and admire the clouds passing by underneath us.
Not before long, the captain mumbles a few words in Spanish and the nose is dipped down. We must be nearing Gran Canaria now.
Not much green to be seen.
But hey, the sky is blue and I have a few hours here so
For the 2nd time in as many days, I’m back in LPA.
Taxiing to the domestic terminal - the apron is not too busy it seems.
A few charters and regulars at their respective gates.
This part of the terminal is only open from July 2014.
For the last time this weekend I step out of the cabin from a Binter Canarias ATR. I must say it were all enjoyable experiences.
LPA PART 2
Out on the apron again with a fierce wind and the smell of fresh jetfuel in the air, just lovely!
This mornings lineup.
This time around, I don’t follow the connections signage.
Domestic terminal, bagage reclaim.
The arrivals board shows another delayed TFN flight.
I’m glad I’m here now and have a few hours to spare before the next flight up north to Madeira island. I head outside and hop on the 1st bus into town.
LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
I walkabout the city center a bit and have lunch. Pity the weather is rainy as opposed to the sunny landing an hour ago
A shopping street.
A typical round shaped building, decorated with azulejos.
Another form of art, but not the finest one imho
A good 2h later, I head back to the bus station to catch the airport bus back to the... well, airport.
This is the end of the 2nd part of my journey. I hope you enjoyed. In the 3rd and final part I will report on flights with SATAs Dash 8, TAPs A332 and Brussels Airlines’ A320. Hope to see you then as well
I had a few good flights on the main intra-Canaries airline, Binter Canarias. I’m glad they were still offering low full flexible fares 2 days ahead of my travels or otherwise I might have had quite an issue with that cancelled Canaryfly booking. Binter runs a smooth operation with their armada of ATR props and all staff I encountered were friendly enough. The onboard catering is not their strong point but I was still very glad to receive something substantial on these short flights. And the ATR - not my favorite prop mainly due to the noise level which I found to be too loud I bet in summer these flights are packed to the brim as they give islanders and tourists alike a fast and affordable way to fly (B)inter Canarias!