Review of Ryanair flight London Oslo in Economy

Airline Ryanair
Flight RK1392
Class Economy
Seat 24A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 02:00
Take-off 10 Aug 22, 06:10
Arrival at 10 Aug 22, 09:10
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Lia_K
By 328
Published on 13th August 2022

Introduction/Context


Hey guys! Welcome to my first ever flight report.

I'll be flying to Oslo as part of a short 3-day break, returning back on Norse Atlantic's 787, but that's a flight report for another time.

I last flew with Ryanair a few years ago, and it was quite easily my worst flight ever (delays, bad customer service, the lot). However, I decided to give them another go, mainly because of how cheap they were. I paid £19 in total for the flight, including seat selection (I didn't pay for any additional luggage as the under-seat hand luggage included was enough for my short trip).


Routing



Central London at 2:00AM, it's strange to see the crowded streets so empty.


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Sadly, my bus here was delayed, so I missed my onward coach connection to Stanstead. This meant I had to splash out an additional £70 for an Uber. Ouch.


London Stanstead airport


Stanstead at 03:20, I got here half an hour earlier than planned.


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I had checked-in and printed out my boarding pass the day before (Ryanair charges extra to do both of these things at the airport), so I can head straight to security.

The line for security stretched all the way to the middle of the check-in area. I was so shocked at how long the line was I had to walk to the front of the queue to check for myself! Luckily, one of the passing staff informed me that the reason for the queue was because most of the security staff starts work at 04:00, and that the queue should disappear shortly afterwards. Sure enough, at around 04:00 the queue began to move much, much quicker, and it took no more than 15 minutes after that to clear security.


Duty-free area.


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The departure boards. For some reason the 2 screens on the left was showing yesterday's departures. This caused a lot of confusion with some passengers heading to parts of the airport that wasn't even open yet!


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You can see my flight (RK1392) from yesterday being shown as boarding.



The main departure hall


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As you can tell, it is extremely crowded, to the point where I found it hard to find a place to stand without getting in someone's way. I simply cannot understand why UK airports are designed like this, it makes no sense to cram everyone into a tiny space, while the rest of the airport is deserted. It also means that you have to queue for all of the facilities, from toilets to atms and even water fountains!

Seriously regretting my decision to get through security this early.

A torturous hour later, our gate is finally announced, allowing me to escape the departures hall and head into the (largely empty) gate area.


The flight


Here's my ride for today! G-RUKD, a Boeing 737-800. First flight 10/10/2007 making her almost 15 years old at the time of the flight.


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Boarding from the rear door.


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Sadly, because it was the first flight of the day, the windows were all misted up, so no photos until after takeoff.

Ahh yes, Ryanair old cabin, or as I like to call it the "flying banana." 


Back of the seat, showing the safety information, removing the need for seat-back pockets.


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The overhead displays and air conditioning.


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The legroom, one of the amazing benefits of being shorter.


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First views out of the window as we climb above the clouds.


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Cruising above the North Sea.


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After this I slept for around 30 minutes as the crew came around selling refreshments.

Cruising above the stunning landscape of Norway.




Final approach into Oslo Gardermoen Airport. (Apologies for the terrible photo.)


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Welcome to Norway!


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A quick peek at my ride back to London in a few days.


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Oslo Airport


Oslo Airport was like a breath of fresh air after coming from Stanstead. Clean, efficient and modern. Cleared immigration and baggage reclaim in under 30 minutes as I did not have any checked bags.


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Verdict

Ryanair

5.1/10
Cabin3.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu5.5

London - STN

2.9/10
Efficiency2.0
Access3.0
Services1.5
Cleanliness5.0

Oslo - OSL

9.4/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

A typical Ryanair flight. Departed and arrived on time, crew was helpful and everything went smoothly. Great value for money and amazing views of Norway on the approach.

Stanstead airport was just a mess, chaotic and crowded. I would say to avoid it, but having flown out of Gatwick and Manchester, it's generally not much better anywhere else.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 609344 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5952 Comments

    Hi there, thanks for sharing your first report here with us and welcome!

    All large UK airports are a mess this summer…hell most European airports are a mess this summer. I’ve flown in and out of Heathrow a few times this summer and it hasn’t exactly been pleasant.

    I simply cannot understand why UK airports are designed like this, it makes no sense to cram everyone into a tiny space, while the rest of the airport is deserted.

    Me neither! One of the things I can’t stand about UK airports. Everyone crammed together in the same area and then a mad run to the gate to get there on time. So much additional unnecessary stress! Of course it’s much easier to deal with when having lounge access, but it’s still stress-inducing to have to check for gate assignment all the time as departure time approaches.

    Really good deal on the ticket for this famous summer of “revenge travel” where prices have been absolutely astronomical on flights to/from/within Europe!

    Fantastic planespotting bonus ❤️ perfect lighting

    Thanks for sharing and again welcome to Flight-Report!

    • Comment 609382 by
      Lia_K AUTHOR 12 Comments

      Hi! Thank you for the comment. Yes, I've definitely seen pictures of the chaos around the airports this summer, luckily it's not affected me too much but a lot of people I know have turned away from flying because of it.

      As for British Airports, I completely agree with you that it's very stressful. I'd love it if they'd display the gates earlier so I have plenty of time to explore (and do some planespotting) without having to worry about my gate being on the other end of the terminal and having to do a frantic dash across the airport to get there on time. Most airport I've been to does it that way, so I don't know why they can't.

      Anyway, thank you once again for your comment and welcome!

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