An Irish Aviation Enthusiasts day out
Behind the Scenes at Dublin Airport.
In this adventure
- Cheap flights? Not at £95 one way…
- Birmingham to Holyhead with London Northwestern Railway and Transport for Wales
- Irish Ferries Holyhead to Dublin Ferryport (Club Class)
- Morning Adventures in Dublin
- Irish Aviation Enthusiasts Day hosted by Dublin Airport
- Back to being a passenger in T2/T1
- Aer Lingus Regional EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham
- 25 hours and 36 minutes later
- Embracing the Community
With the tour over, a few of us went for Coffee in Terminal 1. It’s a chance to de-construct the day as well as catch up over a beverage.
And this is the part of the day I love the best – catching up, enjoying travel stories of others and sharing my own too. But even Esther saw that my exhaustion was kicking in… and that I needed to be airside rather than the ground side.
I said my farewells and headed into Terminal 2 for a check-in machine.
With it happily spitting out a boarding pass for me (and on card stock no less), I was able to clear security quickly.
That done, I was free to wander around the terminal…. and straight into the shopping mall.
After a visit to the small room, I spent a few minutes organising myself. That done – it was time to begin the hike to the 300 gates
I passed by a couple of shops, looking for some nerd gifts. I spied nothing, but I did see some good signs I might need one day.
With the bus gates at the mid-300’s, I had a bit of a hike ahead. This was not ideal when you’re half-asleep, but what else can you do? I powered through and passed the water bottle options at Dublin Airport.
And there are many ways.
- You could pay for €1 for a plastic bottle
- You could pay €1 for a Just Water (as the airport tries to reduce plastic in paper-based bottles
- You fill your own bottle up for free (welcome to see at multiple locations)
- You could spend €5 on a metal bottle to hold your liquid in and fill it up
I have to give a big well done here to Dublin Airport for providing water options that allow people to move away from plastic. It’s a small thing in the travel experience (and I would have loved to see the plastic bottles eliminated completely from sale), but it’s a damn good start.
That – and a fair price for the water does make a difference. And yes – the water bottles are paid for with an honesty box. And people were being honest.
People aren’t that bad sometimes
With water in hand, I headed back to the 300 gates, and downstairs to the bus gate area
The perfect place to watch the world go by, and to enjoy the rocky road cake slice I took from the ferry.
There was a slight delay to boarding, with a special needs passenger being boarded first via a mini-bus. With them loaded, the main bus for our flight turned up
Boarding was announced with no priority – this agent had long learned that if you’re going on a bus, priority and status don’t exactly matter when its an ATR’s worth of passenger. This was in contrast to the Manchester flight with the agent trying to load a bus by priority and rows.
Which on an ATR doesn’t make sense in the least.
With me aboard the bus – as well as others – it was time to head towards Birmingham.
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