Back through the Irish Shopping Maze- Donuts in Dublin
In this fun day out
- Donuts in Dublin
- Off to BHX
- EI263 Birmingham to Dublin Airport
- Watching planes on the mound
- Back through the Irish Shopping Maze
- EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham
- What is this bus up to?
- Community is everything
With time coming to an end with both the Manchester and Birmingham fly-ins needing to head home of their respective ATR, Airbus and Boeing Aircraft, lifts were provided back to the terminal area
Arriving into Terminal 2, there’s a choice of things to do. We could either grab some nibbles ground side or do the intelligent thing and go air-side and hope for the best for security for cold beverages.
Security thankfully for a summer afternoon was rather quiet, with the process again taking under 10 minutes to complete the required actions.
It was also welcoming to see Dublin Airport offering refillable water bottles for €1 a pop (as well as the pre-filled plastic ones).
What was not welcome to see was the “exit via Duty-Free maze” – which if you’re aching to get to the small room, or just want to sit down – is a royal pain. But this is how the airports try and extract every last penny out of you – with tempting offers and things you don’t need. Thankfully, there was nothing in the shops of interest
Once free of the maze, there was a little looking and shopping to be done for geeky things – sadly, I didn’t need a Guinness mug or a sign that reminded me to turn off the immersion
With the ATR aircraft having their own gate area, I headed down to the high 300 gates (which is nearer the old Terminal 1 complex than Terminal 2 area). However, there’s an easy way to spot you’ve arrived at the gates – look for the rainbow window.
With the Vibrant Irish Light nearing, I was near the ATR Gates
Heading down to the ATR gates, it’s the perfect place to cool off and you’ll notice this after feeling a little toasty after being out for a sunny day of watching aircraft .
From there – it was just enjoyable to catch a couple of people who were flying back to Manchester and reflect on the day. And go to the small room.
Whilst the Manchester was flight slightly delayed, boarding was called for the Birmingham flight. I, therefore, said goodbye to the Manchester flying team, ad headed to bus gate.
Aer Lingus tries to control boarding here, and boards by rows to a bus. Which is not a bad idea in principle, but there’s no segregation once on the bus of the boarded areas, making the whole process a bit comical.
With a semi-full bus, it began a ramp tour around Dublin Airport – to a very quiet ATR farm, where our ATR72-600 was waiting for us.
With a short wait, we were allowed to board the waiting ATR.
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