Can I ask you a direct question ? Do you fly with low cost airlines or do you find their inflight experience leaves you speechless ? Well I hope that our recent experience helps you to change your mind when you are deciding which airline to fly with when travelling to Germany on business or for pleasure this summer. Should we fly with Lufthansa Germany’s national flag carrier that operate regular daily services to Munich from Manchester or with one of Europe’s largest low cost airlines for our weekend ski break. After studying availability, flight timings and prices we decided for the first time to fly with easyJet to Bavaria’s capital and see if the marketing hype delivered or could even exceed our expectations.
It’s hard to believe that easyJet have been flying passengers across the UK and Europe for over 20 years and their iconic orange aircraft are now a stand out feature in the aviation world. Not only that but the dramatic growth of easyJet routes on offer from Manchester and Liverpool airport now provides the North West of England with unrivalled choice of beach, city and business destinations. Anyway back to our flight choice – As a special treat we decided that not only was the basic easyJet fare very competitive but the added cost of prebooking seats and baggage still meant that we had spare change to to splash out on a few in flight drinks en route to Germany.
easyJet’s NEO A320 at Manchester Airport
Arrival at Manchester Airport T1 was not an encouraging start – long queues for the drop off zone and on reflection we should have let the train or the Metrolink take the strain dropping us off a mere 300m from check in. However on entering the check in zone my wife visibly relaxed when the approachable and helpful easyJet team quickly guided us to the bag tagging machine speeding up our entire check in process. It was only 2 minutes before our bag was whisked down the chute and we were free to go airside. Security was a disappointing process – why oh why do travellers think that they can buck the system and take bottles of liquid with them. I am constantly astounded by this lack of planning which create hassle and delays for the airport, airlines and passengers alongside annoying the most patient of security staff.
Boarding was a dream, relaxed and well organised – clear gate announcements and helpful staff. Importantly the A320 aircraft was on time (for my mind as a businessman this is a key reason why anyone would choose to fly with a particular airline). Our seats 1B/C were the best on board – spacious leg room and with Speedy Boarding it allowed us to take our seats first and secure sufficient overhead luggage space. Settling into our extra leg room seats we were soon relaxing ready for take off. The additional cabin bag allowance included in the Extra Leg room seat cost also allowed us to bring our Ski boots on board and to save time on arrival
Barbara and Tony extra leg room seats – Row 1
Departing right on schedule we were soon flying with a strong tailwind to help the journey pass even faster – arriving 20 minutes ahead of schedule and importantly allowing us to catch an earlier train to the slopes ! On board service was professional, quick and effective delivered with a smile and after a quick read of one of the most informative in flight magazines in the sky ‘Traveller’ we were touching down in the German sunshine.
Then one of the best aspects on Speedy Boarding takes over – I call it Speedy Leaving of the aircraft. Book yourself the front row seats and avoid the hassle of waiting for what can seem like a lifetime for passengers to gather their bags and coats from the overhead bins. In this case Speedy Leaving allowed my wife and I to head straight for the front of the passport queue and within 5 minutes we were waiting for our luggage to arrive. Now I am not sure if Speedy Boarding or booking extra leg room seats provides a guarantee of your bags to arrive on the belt quickly but in our case we were on our way to the Hauptbahnhof before you could say – easyJet !
Yes I can honestly say that our entire flight experience was a dream and one that we cannot wait to repeat – so much so we actually looked forward to our return flight to Manchester.