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- Tried & Tested
This flight was operated by Aer Arran for Aer Lingus Regional from Glasgow to Dublin so not sure under which airline to locate this review – anyway, BT does not give an ATR option so escaped to Aer Arran. The flight was, in fact, operated by one of their new ATR 72-600s (not an option on BT either)!
Boarding was on time or, possibly, a little early through the normal Gate 8 in Glasgow – down the stairs and into the sunshine for a short walk across the tarmac. We were seated in row 16 near the back (good for a quick departure) and were struck by the increased legroom on this type of aircraft. This has been achieved by fitting ultra-thin seats which were fine and comfortable.
Despite boarding early, we pushed back about 10 minutes late (no explanation given) and had to queue for take-off. Once airborne, pay-for service commenced although we did not buy. Service seemed friendly and cabin crew had plaenty of time to talk to a number of passengers travelling on to the US.
We landed a few minutes late, parked remotely and were then bussed into the ATR area between Terminals 1 and 2. This is a crazy location because the walk to Immigration in T2 is all of 10-15 minutes if reasonably fit. It would present quite a challenge for the elderly. Why bussed passengers cannot be dropped off closer to Immigration and Baggage Collection is unclear but is something the airport and Aer Lingus could address.
Once through Immigration, we were away 9no luggage to collect) and heading into the City.
A good service, now operating 5+ times a day which is great. A pity about the arrival arrangements.