Review of EasyJet flight London Gran Canaria Island in Economy

Airline EasyJet
Flight EZY8693
Class Economy
Seat 1C
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 04:30
Take-off 02 Dec 18, 14:15
Arrival at 02 Dec 18, 18:45
U2   #9 out of 20 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 323 reviews
bldavid
By SILVER 242
Published on 14th December 2018
This review is as much about the very interesting the No1 Clubrooms Lounge at Gatwick as the Easyjet flight itself.

Introduction

I decided to visit Mauritania in December 2018. This is a country I wanted to go to see for a long time and it seemed that – after a period of ten years or so when it was considered too dangerous to go – Mauritania was again safe to visit.

Although not many airlines fly to Mauritania, finding the best route from my home airport Keflavík, Iceland to Nouakchott offered a great number of combinations. Only Air France flies from mainland Europe, and while it seems to be the obvious choice, the drawbacks are a red-eye return flight and an overpriced business class. Turkish also flies from Istanbul but it’s a long detour and the flight times are not very convenient. Royal Air Maroc flies daily from Casablanca with good connections for Europe, and the return flight is in the morning, not at night. Both economy and business class seem to be reasonably good, but the latter is quite expensive, although not as much as Air France. Other airlines flying to Nouakchott include Air Algérie and Tunisair but they fly only a few times a week using uncomfortable aircrafts and short red-eye return flights – not the best options for me. Mauritania Airlines flies from Casablanca – would have been interesting to try. Eventually I flew with Bintar Canarias from Las Palmas – this airline has good reviews, reasonable prices and the schedules suited me. My return flight was with Royal Air Maroc as I had to go anyway to Morocco for work right after my stay in Mauritania.

So my routing was:

Icelandair, business class from Keflavík to London-Gatwick
Easyjet from London-Gatwick to Las Palmas with a stay at the Clubroom Lounge
Binter Canarias from Las Palmas to Nouakchott
Royal Air Maroc from Nouakchott to Casablanca
TAP Portugal, business class from Marrakech to Lisbon
TAP Portugal, business class from Lisbon to London-Heathrow
Icelandair, business class from London-Heathrow to Keflavík

While several airlines fly between London and Las Palmas I selected Easyjet for its very low price and schedule that perfectly fitted my plans. I choose to try No1 Lounges’ upmarket Clubrooms at Gatwick to make this flight comfortable

I arrived at Gatwick North from Keflavík with Icelandair with a delay of about 40 minutes – but I still had two hours and 40 minutes between my flights. Although I was connecting within Gatwick North, I was checked in and had hand luggage only I still had to go through immigration and security again. The automated gates at immigration didn’t work for me but I was through the manned gate anyway in two minutes. I went up to departures level and went through (priority) security. It took me a total of 25 minutes between leaving my arrival aircraft and being airside after security for my connecting flight.

photo 01

Gatwick North has several pre-bookable or pay-as-you-enter lounges for passengers who do not travel on business/first class, do not have a frequent flyer card that gives access to a lounge or do not have a Priority Pass. I was flying Easyjet which obviously has neither a business class of a frequent flyer program, and I don’t have Priority Pass as it doesn’t give a lounge access at my home airport in Iceland, so my only option was – if I wanted to be in a lounge between my flights – to purchase access.

No1 Lounges offer a standard business class lounge with an option to upgrade to Clubrooms which are in some aspects closer to a first class lounge than to a business class lounge. What are the differences?

• There were only four guests in a quite large lounge when I visited
• There’s an à la carte menu with very good waiting service
• The quality of the food is superior to what you get in most business lounges

Most of the loungers are close to each other.

photo 02

The main No1 Lounge is on the third floor but the Clubrooms are on the first floor.

photo 03photo 04

There’s plenty of seating (I’m sorry about the quality of some photos, the light in the lounge was not ideal for taking photos)



Here is the menu:



I first ordered a Kir Royal and a glass of Chablis white wine

photo 14

The soup of the day was pea soup which was delicious

photo 15

My main course was a cold salmon meal which was also very good

photo 16

I had a cappuccino with some sweets to finish

photo 17

Is it worth to buy access to this lounge? The total price was 45 pounds for which I had priority security, I stayed at the very quietest place of an otherwise overcrowded terminal, I had a Kir Royal, a glass of white wine, a very good two-course menu with waiter service, a cappuccino and water. So my answer is definitely yes if you have a long time between your flights and you’re at lunch- or dinner time. Obviously if you only have 20 minutes and you’re not hungry this wouldn’t be the case.

The main drawback of this lounge is that there are no views.

I left the lounge just on time for boarding from gate 112. This beautiful aircraft was just pushed back

photo 18photo 19

Boarding started on time and speedy boarding was enforced.

I booked seat 1C. While many Easyjet aircrafts have no bulkhead wall in front of seats 1ABC this particular plane had one so legroom was not much better than at most other seats.

photo 20

Easyjet’s current BoB menu:



As I had lunch at the lounge and I was planning to have dinner at a restaurant after landing I only had a coke and some water

photo 30

The flight itself was otherwise perfectly fine: we were on time, the crew was efficient, the cabin remained clean and the weather was clear outside.
See more

Verdict

EasyJet

6.0/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment3.0
Buy on board6.0

No.1 Traveller No.1 Gatwick

9.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment6.0
Services10.0

London - LGW

8.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Gran Canaria Island - LPA

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Flying Easyjet is normally perfectly fine but is of course nothing special if you fly a lot. If you want to enjoy your airport experience, you have enough time and you want to have a good meal booking the Clubrooms lounge is a very good option.

Related

2 Comments

  • Comment 480491 by
    lagentsecret SILVER 9364 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    The lounge is cozy and it's very quiet because there is only a few people.
    The food & beverage look good.
    Nevertheless, in my opinion, it's a bit expensive.

    "I booked seat 1C"
    You are reading the French edition of the beautiful Fabio Geda book
    about an Afghan refugee.
    Are you speaking French ?

    The BOB offer is not attractive : I would bring my own food on board.

    A nice and quite long flight with Easyjet.

    See you soon

    • Comment 480702 by
      bldavid SILVER AUTHOR 82 Comments

      Hi, thank you for your comment. I think that how good value a lounge is depends mostly on how much time you spend there, how hungry you're and so on. Yes, I do speak French and this book is really good. I agree: Easyjet, the same way as Wizzair or Ryanair, do not offer a good quality BoB food.

Login to post a comment.