After three days of vacation in Athens with my mother and my sister it's time to come back in Rome. Athens is a beautiful city and people are very nice, especially with Italians. We chose Ryanair for the low and convenient price. I didn't report the flight between Rome and Athens because I didn't have window seat. Around 5 PM we took a taxi from our hotel near Acropolis to the Athens International Airport-"Eleftherios Venizelos", located about 33 km from the city.
Our hotel's façade
The way to the airport
The satellite terminal apparently unused at the moment
The ATC tower
The check-in hall of the airport was airy and spacious
As soon as we had about 2 hours before boarding I decided to go upstairs to McDonald's because I read about a spotting position. Unfortunately, also for the bad weather, I didn't catch anything interesting Aegean Airlines A320s
Aegean Airlines A320s and Swiss A321
Olympic Air Bombardier Dash 8-103
KLM Boeing 737-800
Differently from many other airports there's a large shopping before the security checkpoint. Then the passengers should pass through a boarding pass check (or passport control in case of extra-Schengen flights) to enter airside. The security check-point is taken directly before every gate.
The choice of shops and F&B is quite good. As tradition I bought a plane model, in this case a KLM Boeing 777-200ER with 95th Anniversary special livery Boarding was called on time and we made our way through the security check-point.
Beyond the security check-point there's an anonymous boarding loung without anything, just some food kiosks and restroom
Our gate, B31, was on the ground floor
Passengers were divided between Priority and General boarding. At this point something very disappointing happened. We were among the first 50/60 passengers in the lounge and we had only carry-on baggages. The lady at the desk told us to ship the baggages and she said that was something mandatory for all the passengers of the flight. After many others had came in the boarding lounge she started to give the possibility to keep the baggage as carry-on. Me and other passengers complained about this situation but she was inflexible. Many people started literally to pray for a short time of delivery in Rome.
Boarding started on time and we were bussed to our plane Local birds
Last moments on Greek soil
Our plane, EI-EBH
I gave the Purser my trip report and I took my seat, 24 C
We started moving from our position with a bit of late but fortunately we will regain time during the flight After three days of beautiful sun, it started raining while we were at the airport
And finally in the air!!!
We passed through a light turbolence just after take-off
The flight was quiet. I spend most of the time listening to music and making crosswords
Perfectly on time we started our descent to Rome-Ciampino International Airport The best thing of landing in this airport is the flight over Rome and if it's at night…no words to describe
Rome-Tiburtina High Speed Station
We landed on time. After the landing the Purser officialy "invited" me to visit the cockpit in order to take the flight report
My fish-like face says all about my emotions Thank you so much to F/O Johnatan
Last view of the bird
The way to baggage reclaim
Our baggages were among the firsts fortunately
Rome-Ciampino Airport is entitled to Giovan Battista Pastine, an Italian aviator who died during I World War
R(H)OME SWEET HOME!
This is the flight report form of this flight
The captain of Rome-Athens flight also gave me some papers about flight route and weather forecast
That's the end of my report. I hope you would appreciate it As a beginner I'm open to every correction or advice ;)
Athens - ATH
Rome - CIA
For me the experience with Ryanair had been always quite good. I just hope they will change their procedures about baggages Athens Airport is very good compared to other big airports around Europe. Rome Airport.....is Rome Airport
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