Doughnuts On The Mound – A day trip with Aer Lingus and a lot of #avgeeks
In this epic day trip (and it twas epic)
- Spotting for the day? Why not?
- Morning Manoeuvres at Birmingham Airport
- EI263 Birmingham Airport to Dublin Airport
- Donuts on the Mound… and a LOT of planes
- Back to Dublin Airport
- EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham Airport
Spotting for the Day? In Dublin? Why not?
I do love passenger experience. I do love writing about… but I also love to spend time watching planes. There’s something oddly relaxing of just watching planes take off and land the allows the mind to drift off a little – or be as sharp as anything when glued to FlightRadar24 looking out for something unusual arriving.
But there are other things to – the chance to catch up with people and share stories.
A couple of people on Twitter from the Irish #avgeek crowd asked if I was free, and wanted to come over for the day to watch planes.
And of course – I said yes.
This rapidly snowballed into people asking if they could come along too – in the end 12 people were due to be turning up for the day, with four flying in from the UK, and the rest being local.
So how was I flying in? Going between Birmingham and Dublin, there are two choices – Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
Whilst Ryanair was cheaper – the timings didn’t work for me. I therefore chose the classic option – Aer Lingus. The return fare came in at £80, with the outbound segment on an Airbus A320, and the inbound segment on an ATR 72-600.
Considering you can spend £80 on a walk-up train fare, I put the hammer down. Sure, this isn’t as cheap as some of the £9.99 Ryanair/£25 Aer Lingus fares I’ve had in the past – but it still isn’t bad value at around £40 each way.
And besides – going for the experience would be more fun than mere cash.
So… a route map.
So, with that done – let’s go to Dublin!
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