Amsterdam Schiphol to Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne Airport
This flight is the second one of the day, early in the morning I have done Linköping city airport to Amsterdam Schiphol. (report already available)
Since I had a 4h30 layover in Amsterdam and a very short sleep the previous night (night train travel), I decided to get a KLM Lounge access to get some more comfortable seats and relaxing moment (avoiding the rush time in Amsterdam). The KLM Schengen zone lounge was readily accessible, in the meaning that it was well indicated. The access to the lounge was pretty expensive though. Indeed it cost me 45€ because I was not a Buisiness traveller. I haven't unfortunetaly taken pictures during my time in the lounge. I completely forgot. Nevertheless, it was really nice to be in the lounge, the seats were very confortable, the buffet was very good as well with a large variety of products (cheese, bread, croissant, yogurt, and so on…). For lunch time, you could find the same products plus some tasty sandwiches. The lounge is quite big, with two buffets, a smoking area, a buisiness working area, relaxing area, etc… I spent the entiry time eating, relaxing and working. The time went super quick and I was glad to pay the lounge access.
I left the lounge around 11:20am since the boarding was announced for 11:40am. Boarding gate B3.
Heading to the B section.
Most of the flights operated by KLM Cityhopper and Hop! Air France have their gates in the B1-8 section, due to the bus ride to reach the aircraft. After a 5 minutes walk I reached my gate.
I personally hate this part of the airport. There aren't many seats available, only one little cattering store, any particular views on the runnways. It's kind of an underground basement. Thus, I preconize to go to the gate as late as possible.
The boarding started on-time at 11:40 and we left the terminal at 11:55 after the final boarding call.
After a 2 mintues ride, we reached our lovely CRJ700 from Hop! (rainy day in Schiphol)
Closer pictures of the aircraft.
The configuration of the aircraft is 2-2. My seat was the 19F, the last row, the most noisy part of the aircraft. There were approximately 40 to 45 pax on this flight therefore 60% full.
"Room tour" As my flight on KLM, the leg room was pretty nice. One positive point of their front seat configuration is the little pocket to put phone, passport or boarding pass. This avoids forgetting things in the main pocket.
We starting rolling at 12:15, 5 minutes after departure time. We had a long ride to the runway, something like 10 to 15 minutes.
Embraer 190 from KLM cityhopper taking-off.
Placement on the runway and take-off with Schiphol's view.
Collation. Some crackers and 2 beverages (tomato juice and water). The crackers were good even though it was pretty small compare to KLM's collation.
Cloudy flight. The sun wasn't here until we arrived in Auvergne.
Starting of the descent to Clermont-Ferrand.
Vichy and the engine of the CRJ700.
Panorama of the volcanoes (Sancy and Chaine des Puys).
Approaching Clermont-Ferrand airport.
Passage over Pont-du-Chateau.
Hello sunny Clermont-Ferrand and Auvergne region. 3 flights at the airport. All from Hop! One Embraer 170 from Paris CDG, one CRJ 700 from Paris Orly and then one CRJ700 from Amsterdam.
Heading to the terminal. Firstly passport control.
Baggage reclaim area.
Then exit of the airport. Some movements at the airport since there were 3 flights at the same time.
Air France Hop
KLM Crown Lounge - Schengen
Amsterdam - AMS
Clermont-Ferrand - CFE
To conclude, the flight was very pleasant and the flight attendant was cheerful. We arrived on time at 13:40. The inflight collation was good. On the overall it was satisfactory. Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne airport is a small regional airport which means that you will be outside the airport in less then 10 minutes. I had a train at 14:00 to Clermont-Ferrand's downtown, I was 10 minutes before the departure time at the train station. The airport is very practical for that.
Thanks for reading.
Next report will certainly be Geneva-Amsterdam (KLM) and Amsterdam to Växjö (KLM cityhopper)
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