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Reality Check ➔


FLIGHT FLYBE


THE FLIGHT: Flight FB77ZP from London Gatwick's south terminal to Aberdeen. The aircraft was an Embraer 195 which had 188 seats in a 2-2 configuration. THE CHECK-IN: I checked in online the previous evening so at the airport pro- ceeded directly to the bag drop. As I had golf clubs I had to take these to a different zone but this was a simple process and I was soon on my way through security. THE LOUNGE: The Flybe lounge is located close to all the departure gates. There was a range of hot and cold drinks provided as well as a choice of nibbles. Magazines and newspapers were available for reading within the lounge and a TV aired a live news channel. The helpful Flybe attendant in the lounge told passengers when the flight was ready for boarding. THE BOARDING PROCESS: Embarkation went smoothly and was less of a scramble than passengers might be used to with other low-cost carriers. All passengers were boarded quickly and we pushed back form the gate ten minutes before our scheduled departure time. THE SEAT: My seat was as one would expect on a low-cost airline – comfortable and clean, with just enough legroom as you need


for a short flight, even for taller passengers. THE SERVICE: Three smartly dressed cabin crew provided a quick trolley service, offering a range of drinks and snacks. THE ARRIVAL: We landed in Aberdeen ahead of schedule and after a short walk to the terminal building awaited the arrival of the bags. Delivery of all the luggage did take a little longer than one would expect, but this was probably due to a series of other


➔ TRAIN JFK AIRTRAIN, NEW YORK


THE TRAIN: The JFK AirTrain rail link connection between New York's JFK International Airport and MTA New York City Transit subways and buses, and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). THE TICKETS: It’s not well signposted that you pay at the exit so I spent too much time trying to find a ticket machine and missed the first train to arrive. The good news is that it’s only a flat fee of US$5 to travel from the airport to Jamaica station to link to the LIRR and onward into Manhattan Island, stopping at the downtown Penn Station, Brooklyn or Queens. THE STATION: A brand new building just a few minutes walk from the airport terminal, accessed by lifts or stairs. There are plentiful maps showing the circular route the train takes to six stations covering all seven terminals currently operating at JFK Airport, as well as the rental car point, long-term parking and bus stations. All AirTrain stations are fully enclosed, heated in winter and air conditioned in summer. THE CARRIAGE: The train comprised of driverless carriages with plenty of seating space, plus wide aisles that easily accommodate passengers' bulky luggage. Each station on the route is announced well


flights all arriving at a similar time to ours. THE VERDICT: A very good low-cost flight operation with friendly customer service. The lounge at Gatwick Airport was a nice experience before take-off, and arriving ahead of schedule was a real bonus. THE DETAILS: Flights vary in price, but start on the Gatwick to Aberdeen route from around £29.99 one way. www.flybe.com. DAVID CLARE


before arrival and gives plenty of time to prepare for disembarkation. THE VERDICT: I travelled to Penn Station in about 40 minutes and had spent just US$13.00 to do so – a marvel instead of the usual US$40 taxi ride. Compare that to the £16.50 fare on the Heathrow Express! The AirTrain is effortless, affordable, quick and, for solo travellers, makes financial sense. THE DETAILS: The Airtrain service runs around the clock with average frequencies of every seven to ten minutes, peaking at seven


minutes in rush hour. Children ride for free and so do all passengers transferring within the airport boundary. The train travels a complete loop of the airport in 20 minutes, and will get you downtown within 30 minutes. Tel: 001 718 330 1234 or see www.mta.info/mta/airtrain.htm for more information about the AirTrain; and see www.panynj.gov for details on travelling between downtown New York and all its other airport gateways. GILLIAN UPTON


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