Review of Blue Islands flight Southampton Guernsey in Economy

Airline Blue Islands
Flight SI271
Class Economy
Seat 5F
Aircraft ATR 72-500
Flight time 00:45
Take-off 10 Jul 15, 20:00
Arrival at 10 Jul 15, 20:45
SI 5 reviews
BobbieD
By 1493
Published on 12th July 2015
Hello and welcome to my first FR!

I've been persuaded to join the site by a friend on here although I did write a FR by proxy :) If you have any suggestions please let me know!

This weekend I had the opportunity to fly to the island of Guernsey to visit a friend and in the process fly between some rather small airports and with a couple of smaller airlines.

The flight details are as follows:
SOU - GCI with SI
GUI - SOU with BE (to follow)

I arrived at Southampton airport slightly early due to a train strike in the UK, which gave me plenty of opportunity to have a look around. Arrival at the airport by train is very easy, being located just a few metres from the terminal (apparently only 99 steps - didn't count!)

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The departures hall is in a typical UK small airport style with a restaurant/bar and shop

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I had plenty of time to get some dinner before heading through security. There were also plenty of plug sockets for people to charge their phones and laptops etc.

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I had already checked in online and didn't have any hold baggage so went to security which was swift with two x-ray scanners. Airside, there was a small shop and a couple of cafes. (If you want something more substantial, I suggest eating before heading through security.



There was also an opportunity to have a look at some of the aircraft through the windows

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Here's the departure board. My flight to Guernsey was perfectly on time (not so for some unlucky people flying north to Scotland).

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Boarding was announced for all (no first class etc) and onto the tarmac we went to the plane, boarding at the rear of the ATR-72. This is their only one and apparently dedicated to this route.



We were welcomed onboard by the flight attendant and I took my seat 5F. There was plenty of room despite being tall.

There were a number of things provided in the seat pocket, and in the magazine was a map of Blue Islands' routes.




We departed on time after the safety briefing and had a great view of Southampton docks as well as the Isle of Wight



It's only a short hop to Guernsey but we were all provided with a free beverage

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Coming into Guernsey we were treated to a beautiful setting sun




There were a number of small planes at the airport mainly Aurigny and Flybe

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It's a short walk to the terminal
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Inside there were a couple of belts. I didn't have luggage so just walked straight through. From plane to taxi in less than 2 minutes!


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Verdict

Blue Islands

6.6/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering5.0

Southampton - SOU

7.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services3.0
Cleanliness8.0

Guernsey - GCI

7.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access8.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Southampton airport is really easy to get to by train and the airport is a breeze as it's so small. Just don't expect a shopping centre here! The Blue Islands experience was was as expected for a small airline and the free drink was a bonus

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