Doughnuts On The Mound – Back to Dublin Airport
In this epic day trip (and it t’was epic)
- Spotting for the day? Why not?
- Morning Manoeuvres at Birmingham Airport
- EI263 Birmingham Airport to Dublin Airport
- Donughts on the Mound… and a LOT of planes
- Back to Dublin Airport
- EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham Airport
- Cheap ride home sir?
With @essiejosie dropping Pete and myself off, it was time to head through Dublin Airport and track back to gate. Of course – this meant clearing through security.
Dublin Terminal 2
I didn’t notice this at the time – but it seems there was a Windows Error Message on the wait count time.
Again – there was a lot of bucket and spade traffic going through Terminal 2, so it was a good 15 minutes to clear security.
With that done, it was time to empty the duty-free shop.. and hunt for some more Kinder Surprise Eggs with Airbus A330s inside them.
Terminal 2 area
The main duty-free shop didn’t have them (so I settled on some Lily O’Brien Chocolate for my parents). With that, it was closing in on the time to head to the gate.
It sure is Grand.
It’s somewhere that way….
Our “Bus” would be departing from the new gate area – Gate 332-335. But before that, there was a window display that would make anyone proud.
I love this.
A quick check of the clock indicated we had a good 15 minutes before we *had* to be in the gate area. So in a last vain attempt, Pete and I headed over to Candy Land in Terminal 1 to see if there any Kinder Surprise Eggs with Airbus A330s in them.
And lo and behold – we found them.
Can anyone else say the word “Give-away” coming soon?
Least to say, there weren’t that many left by the time we left the shop.
A bit of backtracking past T1 security, we were at the entry point to the gates. Descending down, our gate was assigned as Gate 333 – and boarding for the bus had just commenced.
To the bus gates!
The new bus gates are pretty empty – an area that’s designed for the minimum wait times as opposed to an area to hang out and wait for a flight.
The gate area.
For those who are travelling with a larger item, it might not fit on an ATR. Check it whilst you can!
Our gate – One reader should appreciate this.
Rather than boarding everyone at once, they boarded the back of the plane, then the front. Ok, I get priority assistance passengers would need help, but this is an ATR we’re loading up here – not an A320 with business and economy class where you need two buses.
Eventually, I was allowed to be beeped aboard the bus, and joined Pete who was waiting. In the end the bus was packed out, and started the short drive around Terminal 1 to the Stobart Air ATR waiting area.
The joy of buses.
Aer Lingus A320 over at Terminal 2
Aer Lingus Regional/Stobart Air ATR42
We drove past local traffic until we parked in-front of EI-FAT.
With a short wait for the cabin crew to approve us to board, we were released onto the tarmac, and it was time to head home.
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