and welcome to something what I´m happy to say is first report on the site covering flight to Brno, my hometown in Czech republic. Everything started a day before with PRG-RTM flight which is covered here: http://flight-report.com/en/report-6009.html
After spending 24 hours in Rotterdam and Eindhoven on my own it was time to head back. I left my hotel in Eindhoven city center at about 09:45 and took a short walk around the city to head for bus that goes to the airport later.
Wizzair´s EIN-BRQ flight is my favourite one. With a really small traffic at Brno (usually only two flights per day) this flight, flying on Wednesdays and Sundays, is my favourite one. I was always curious about the flight load on the flight between these two cities. This flight is also always landing at Brno from west close to my house and I was looking forward to get some nice pictures of area where I live and also the city itself. I was unlucky 14 months ago when flying Ryanair from STN as we were landing from the east.. So this time, I hoped it was about to go the right way!
This time it was also going to be my first WizzAir experience. Having flown Ryanair in past I was looking forward to have a comparision. The fare was around 30EUR with classic size hand luggage and priority boarding included, nice one
So, here it all started at bus station next to Eindhoven train station. Was impressed how busy it was around here with all buses leaving at one moment and followed by anothers arriving at their positions a moment later.
I took 10:38 bus, it was direct and price was 2,50EUR if I remember well. I was fine with it and the journey was quick and pleasant, that´s how it always should be. Here is my bus number 400 after arriving EIN.
After turning around there was some part of apron visible and this Ryanair 737 waiting for its flight to Krakow in 90 minutes.
I found the weather to be pretty cold and went straight into terminal. I was a bit surprised to meet probably a spotter with a cool camera going an opposite direction. We something like saluted to each other and we both went our ways. He was pretty brave to stay out in that cold
Just to remind you where we currently are
Eindhoven landside. I liked the airport, although it is small there are few shops, nice terrace, it´s clean and quite modern
At one shop I got myself this baguette and Fanta. This kind of Fanta is not available in my country and that pretty frustrates me - I loved it
View at the empty apron
Airport was really calm. The most of flights were scheduled to arrive or depart close to mine. So there was nothing to wait for and nothing to do so I headed airside.
Security was a bit longer due to the fact that several flights were scheduled for departure at almost same time. It took a bit less than 10 minutes and I was airside. Negative thing was that something made scanner to ring when I went through and that´s always annoying to have special attention even when you are cleared in the end
I sat down at gate 3 close to this Ryanair 737 that just arrived and was readied for flight to Gran Canaria Certainly a better weather on Canary Islands as it started to rain here at EIN
No information for my flight at the moment
But we have our own sources, right? My bird was just about to end its flight from Katowice
This is how it looks airside at EIN. No jetbridges off course, here you have to walk to the aircraft
At this gate, passengers to Agadir and Sofia were presented
Then my flight was announced. Even though I had priority boarding, I went to my gate to ensure I am one of the first onboard. I had to get a good seat on the left to enjoy views of Brno
And here is my bird arriving from Poland, it´s HA-LWD, 3,5 years old
Passengers deplaning after arriving from Katowice
By this time the airport got completely busy, nice difference to just an hour ago
Rain got a bit more intense and walking towards the aircraft was rather an unpleasant experience. But still I had to get some shots
I quite like Wizzair´s livery
At the door I was welcomed by two young lady FAs. I walked to the back of the aircraft and seated somewhere around 24A, don´t remember exactly..
After sitting down I was horrified by lack of legroom. Even with my 177cm sitting was really painful.. I almost doubted I would be able to survive in such a seat for 1h15 mins.
In the end the situation is not as bad with a row for me. But it doesn´t solve legroom problem too much
Cabin after boarding almost completed. Load factor was about 70%.
Seat detail. Cabin felt little bit low-cost, but definitely much better compared to Ryanair
A present from previously seated passenger?
View from my seat
This Ryanair B738 headed to Agadir if I´m not mistaken
This one is to Gran Canaria with some military big boys in the back
During our take off roll when we rotated there were unpleasant sounds (almost like cracks) hearable at the cabin and also some (probably first-time) passengers sounded a bit shocked But off course everything was fine and we were climbing our way through the clouds
To reach much nicer weather
Crew, consisted of 4 women FAs, started their service soon. The whole crew was from Poland and they did their job to generalize. The one closer to us was really nice and I liked her performance
I bought myself this Twix and juice to burn my exactly 4 euros remaining
The weather seemed to improve a bit but it didn´t took longer than to Czech republic to get back to completely cloudy conditions
View at Wizzair´s destinations
During descent it´s pretty cloudy again
One of these right turns took much longer than it should and I immediately realized that this is actually disaster in the making…. we´re about to land from east - no views of Brno again - GOSH!
And here we are already lined with Brno´s RWY 28 and flying over countryside
Approaching over village Prace, which in english means Work.. Would you like to live at work guys? :-)
So here we are, landing at BRQ, my hometown airport
Old, not-nice looking hangars
TNT´s BAE 146 that I see everyday departing Brno when I leave my work. So this is where he is hiding all day after its arrival at 07:00
BRQ´s modest terminal
And here is small terrace from where my girlfirend followed our landing, by her words
Second star of the day at BRQ is just landing …
… before it leaves back for London Stansted
I was one of last to leave the aircraft, thank you for ride Wizzair!
Flying only with hand luggage meant I just walked through terminal and was immediately welcomed by my girlfriend at the arrival hall. We waited a while for a bus to take us to city center and head home. It´s awesome to arrive here and get home so quickly. At least I didn´t have to take those longer journeys from PRG / VIE to Brno.
And that´s it, the end of my Holland two-day trip.
That´s all from me now for few weeks. Then, if everything goes well, I´d like to finally report something transcontinental!
Cheers everyone and thank you for reading, Michael
Eindhoven - EIN
Brno - BRQ
Wizzair was a bit better than I expected. Except of horrible legroom I had a nice flight and I think I got more to what I payed for, I´m satisfied with it
Eindhoven airport surprised me. It was nice with some nice low-cost traffic and few shops. I think you couldn´t ask for more at the airport of this size.
About Brno there is not much to be said, I think we got to be grateful for having Ryanair flight to Stansted and Wizzair flights to Eindhoven and Luton... I´m afraid situation is not going to improve in the near future.
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