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easyJet-anyone tried them?
« on: May 15, 2008 »
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  • Since Bristish Airways, more correctly, GB Airways sold out the easyJet I wondered what the service would be like.

    I recently have had the experience and wonder if anyone on this forum has or knows of anyone who has tried easyJet.

    My flights were not cheap, around ?220 return, but the experience certainly was inspite of paying for 'Speedy Boarding' as an extra.

    On the outward journey my youngest son, aged just 9, was trampled underfoot in the rush from the bus to the steps of the aircraft. There is no allocated seating it is a free for all.

    The flight was quite eventless until we got to short finals, within a mile to touchdown, when the cabin crew had to ask passengers to remain seated! The same announcement was made when we were still on the runway with reverse thrust being applied, where the hell were they going for god's sake!

    The return journey was distressing for the fact that a similar rush to get seats started long before the flight was called. Threats of physical violence were made to us 'Speedy Boarders'  who were seen merely as queue jumpers. The call was made and the stampede began. We were pushed aside by a group of at least ten people accompanying one buggy.

    Travel now brings out the worse in everyone. Flying used to be a pleasure, not anymore, what with security being extra tight but inconsistent.

    I have great fears for tourism in Tenerife if low cost means low life even more so than it does now.


    Offline linda

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    Re: easyJet-anyone tried them?
    « Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008 »
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  • Yes i agree with you as i believe there are many 5 star hotels and people appreciate the comfort when travelling the gb club was great and not very expensive  Come back Ba!!!

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    Re: easyJet-anyone tried them?
    « Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008 »
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  • BA dont want to be 'british airways' ! they want to be 'london airways'!  they are not interested in the regions at all so they wont be coming back!

    have done easy jet, ok for adults on a quiet flight - school hols will be horrendous..... cannot understand why they wont give out seat numbers...... anyone know?  cant think why it will keep costs down????? :-\\ >:(

    orange

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    « Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008 »
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  • Concerning the school holidays, easyjet had an habit of calling children and families forward before others.

    This involved a further scrum as there was so many and no age limit of the children.

    The seating arrangements taken up by some families was then a series of leaning over to the children,
    or the children kneeling on their seats to talk to their parents, behind them.

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    « Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008 »
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  • Well you never know Ba may be doing tenerife sooner than you realise in conjunction with cadagon

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    Re: easyJet-anyone tried them?
    « Reply #5 on: May 16, 2008 »
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  • I think you'll find that the Tenerife Government and Tourist people are in talks with BA trying to induce them to fly into Tenerife South. They are worried that the tourists that the premium resorts like Abama, and those in the El Duque area are trying to attract will not want to travel on charter flights and budget airlines like EasyJet. If Tenerife is trying to promote itself as a family friendly island, the non family friendly seating policy of EasyJet isn't going to help matters. I fear this and the more attractive value for money dollar resorts in America could profoundly impact on the family holiday market in Tenerife, because I'm afraid at the moment for a family it doesn't give value for money.

    magsnmike

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    « Reply #6 on: May 17, 2008 »
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  • Not really linked to LG, but we are using Easyjet to go to Barcelona in July, so will let you know how that goes!!

    grockle

    Re: easyJet-anyone tried them?
    « Reply #7 on: May 18, 2008 »
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  • Like many others in the same boat our April flights were transferred to easyjet from GB Airways. The 'free choice seating' really is a complete joke as described by other contributors above. Some time before boarding there was a sudden mass surge to the bottom of the ramp where people remained crowded around before boarding commenced. 'Speedy boarders' were obliged to try and elbow their way through and some others used this as a ploy to make their was through to the front knowing that they didn't have speedy boarding. It really was an experience not to bother repeating since the flights are not that cheap as to make any of the aggravation worthwhile.
    I have no idea whatsoever why they can't provide a better service but am sure that it involves costs. Our tickets were printed with a 'sequence number' to indicate the order we booked in so I am at a loss to see why they could not just as easily have allocated 'seat numbers' at that point. The whole thing reminded me of the bad old days of the 80's when seat numbers were not allocated until the boarding gate queue was reached. It was even worse when long queues had formed at check-in before someone then had to designate one of the queues for smokers !! Lots of last second lane changes there.
    I thought that things had progressed and had become much more civilised with pre-allocated seating and on-line seat selection until I met easyjet.
    It is ridiculous to say that you have free choice of seating when I saw several families, admittedly towards the end of boarding, who were split up and distributed around the plane. The flight itself was no different to any other 'tourist class flight' - never enough legroom.
    Our arrival at Gatwick coincided with the arrival of about 5 other easyjet planes and it appeared to be that only one handling crew was on duty so all of the luggage came out on one carousel one flight at a time, very slowly. That just about made it for us but at least we got home in the daylight of the following day.
    So, mags and mike, we are flying to Barcelona with BA soon and I'm hoping to be a lot more relaxed about things again. easyjet not for me.

    orange

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    « Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008 »
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  • There always seems to be disinterest at Gatwick and baggage appearing.
    Too big to care, easyjet have gone that way.  Passengers, Baggage - spot the handling difference.
    The baggage is personally escorted to the plane and loaded in the order that it arrives.

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    « Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • As my parents live in Spain I always try and get a decent deal and came over to Spain mid June, I did check BA first but their flights were around ?150 return and so booked with Easy Jet, got it for around ?70 return, a week later saw BA's flight had come down in price to about ?90 return so could have kicked myself for not holding on but you can never tell can you. Anyway we got to the gate and had been allocated "A" on our tickets.  First were called were speedy boarders. No one came forwards (obviously everyone thinks it's a liberty to pay extra) so they then called children and families but children have to be under 2 years old. This is when a family of 6 moved forward with children ranging from around 7 years to 15. Easy Jet staff told them that it was only parents with under 2's but "ill let you go on in any case".  Then they call the A's.  People in front of the desk just standing there and not moving so I ask, "do you have a category A on your ticket" as I couldn't understand why they were standing there rigid to the spot. No they say, we have C. I'm very tempted to ask them why the hell they are blocking passageway and making it difficult for other passengers to get through then. It's like a cattle market, I just don't understand the mentality of Easy Jet having free for all, why can't they do what BA did and you can book your seat up 24 hours beforehand and if they want to charge for that service, then they can, unfortunately we are flying back with Easy Jet and so will go through this process again.  I think I would rather pay more for my flight than do this.

    NikkiGQ

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    « Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • On the 6th of June I flew back to the UK with EASYJET !! the flight cost me 125,00 euros one way to Manchester.

    1/ at the check the information on handluggage was all in Spanish,, no problem for me,, but the majority of clients had to pay for being over 20kgs ansd their hand luggage was to big, so a lot of disgruntled clients.

    2/ As there are no seats allocated  !!! at the check in gate it was a free for all,,, nightmare !!! I moved from my seat twice, to help other famiies all sit together

    3/ The stewardesses where all extremely young and their jobs made unbearable by unhappy clients, it was a very stressfull flight, loads of families with unruly children.

    Possibly the worst flight Ive ever encountered !!! thank god my case was there, a few cases went missing !!! not a good experience at all ..

    Ciao for now.

    gavznuff

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    « Reply #11 on: August 09, 2008 »
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  • Just returned on EasyJet after booking with GB Airways originally .... I was worried and decided to pay in advance for Speedy Boarding.  I have to be honest it was the best flight i'd been on for a long while - yes there was a bit of jostling from the usual suspects to get on early but on both flights the staff made it clear there was a boarding policy.with SB then A's and B's It cost 28 pounds for 3 of us and well worth taking to avoid a bit of stress.... The staff were attentive and this has really changed my perception of Easyjet and would definitely use them again. 

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    « Reply #12 on: August 09, 2008 »
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  • Think its partly the crew and the time of year booked to come october and?50 return will put up with a bit of discomfort. Have been using monarch since gb airways stopped therre ok

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    Re: easyJet-anyone tried them?
    « Reply #13 on: August 10, 2008 »
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  • I have been a regular visitor to tenerife for the past 4 years and was dissapointed to find out that gb airways were selling off their route. Myself and my wife come over 3/4 times a year and although we had heard the horror stories of travelling with easyjet, have not had any bad experiences so far.... (touch wood for our september trip!!!)

    I think if you have the option, the key is to travel outside of the school holidays, not always possible i know but it certainly makes a difference!!!

    As for the price of the flights, i have done numerous searches on the internet and easyjet always come back as the cheapest particularly if you book direct through them rather than someone like expedia or travel republic. If you plan your hols far enough in advance and check the release dates of new flights it is possible to pick up some real bargains... I booked my flights with easyjet for november just after they were released and got them 75 pound return!!!! compared to 190 for september.

    For flights that can be as cheap as that to such a lovely destination, we can put up with some pushing and shoving!!!