Book it Danno! A Five Hour Dublin Layover
- A Rock, A Hard Place and Tier Points
- To Birmingham Airport, Ryanair FR693 Birmingham to Dublin
- A morning around Dublin
- Dublin Airport, BA4467 Dublin Airport to London City Airport
- Travelodge, London City Airport
- A Morning at London City Airport
- British Airways BA001 London City Airport – Shannon, Shannon to New York-JFK
- Über Takes on Manhattan
- Holiday Inn Express, JFK
- JFK T8, US Airways Flight US510 New York JFK to Phoenix, Arizona
- US Airways Club/Admiral’s Club, US694 Phoenix Sky Harbour to Honolulu
- The Aston Beach Waikiki
- Travel Plus… Doing – Exploring the Diamond Head Trail
- Travel Plus… Doing – Pearl Harbour and The USS Arizona Memorial
- The joy of British Airways Rebooking
- Honolulu Airport, American Airline Lounge, US693 Honolulu International to Phoenix
- US425 Phoenix to New York-JFK, Economy Class
- JFK Omnishambles
- BA002 JFK to London City Airport
- Involuntary Downgrade Chaos
- BA4462 London City Airport to Dublin
- A Five Hour Dublin Layover
- BA0837 Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport in Club Europe
- Homeward bound
- Aftermath: Points and Reflections…
As I was in no rush to go anywhere once I landed, I followed the path immigration – where I was cleared quickly, and to terminal 1 arrivals to pick up my bag.
Now, five hours is a tough number at Dublin. 6 hours would have been slightly better – as that would allow me to escape the airport for a bit. 5 hours is a bit tougher – with 40 minutes into town each way, an hour needed at the airport on the way back – reducing the available time in the city to 2 hours and a bit.
Considering my body didn’t know what time zone I was in still, I scrubbed a visit to Dublin City Centre Rather, I decided the best thing I could do was to try and check in for the flight back to London… which was a lot more difficult than it seemed. Whilst I had managed to check in on-line, there was the small matter of my luggage.
Heading up to departures, the British Airways counters were closed, with an agent curtly telling me to come back at midday.
I headed back down to Arrivals, and to a location where I knew where there was a power plug I could use. With that – I camped out and got on with dumping the images onto the laptop’s hard disk.
Considering it was the best part of 60GB being loaded – two hours flew by. Additionally, Dublin Airport offers free WiFi – a decent passenger amenity for a major airport.
Of course, being the arrivals areas of an airport – you do get a few odd people. One wanted to borrow my USB Power source and then my power adaptor. Eventually I got tired of this and packed up and headed to departures.
British Airways check-in still hadn’t opened at this point, so I spent some time checking the bag was packed reasonably well.
By this time, check-in had finally opened. I dropped my bag, and got my boarding pass for the flight to London.
With that, it was another trip through security and back to the DAA Executive Lounge.
Well, I might as well be comfortable whilst waiting.
I headed into the lounge and continued the image loading and sorting out images (whilst giving up on uploading images – the network wouldn’t take it with the HD videos I was shooting with the DSLR).
Lounge pictures (taken from the earlier part of the trip report – nothing changed in 6 days)
It gave me time to calm down a lot more, and to feed myself more coffee. Bubbly Alcohol is nice – don’t get me wrong, but coffee has its purposes.
With enough caffeine to get me to London, and my brain slightly more organised (let alone myself), time was starting to go against me. I therefore headed to the gate where the Airbus A320 was waiting for departures.
Eventually, I arrive at Gate 301, which was being set up for a British Airways departure.
There were queue inspections, with an agent policing the Club Europe queue – and ejecting those who didn’t qualify.
Eventually, boarding was called – and I headed down the jetway for the final flight this trip…
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