How is the airport at CORFU at night?
Thinking of the Easy Jet flight around half ten pm, Mon evening.
We Normally look for early afternoon flights, but the airport can be fraught. Then you hit the rush hour traffic at Manchester.
Thought we might try Easy Jet.
Anyone any observations, having done the trip?
Woodie TOP CHEF
Message posted by andyroo on 22 June 2010 at 2:41pm - IP Logged
It's fine and I've done it loads of times and I am doing it again on Saturday afternoon but coming back it's too late for me as I have 100 miles to drive so I book the Monarch flight at 1730 on Mondays instead.
Message posted by TOP CHEF on 22 June 2010 at 8:36pm - IP Logged
Never bad in Manchester on the outbound as you miss the rushour as the flight leaves at 5 ish so with the need to get to the airport at 3-4pm -no problem there and the return is of course after midnight in Manchester so quiet driving back. Also Manchester terminal 3 is essentially the domestic terminal with the exception of a couple of carriers one of which being easyjet -so a lot qieter in the terminal.
I came back on Mon 28th May from Corfu on the easyjet but I must say -it was quite busy at the airport still and as I travel with hand baggage and checked in online, I still had to qeue for a boarding pass -even though I had an oline one printed off!! So thats my only real bugbear as I have to leave more time to check in now.
Message posted by gilliwilli on 25 June 2010 at 3:56pm - IP Logged
Have to agree with Diane and Steve on this one. We left Corfu on Monday 14th June with Easyjet to Bristol. It left slightly later than the Manchester flight but the airport was a complete disaster. No proper orderly queues for Easyjet, broken computers at one checkin desk but nobody to tell the people waiting in the queue that they must join another queue! Even though we had printed our own boarding passes we still had to be issued with another. Having waited about 45 minutes to get this boarding card we then queued again to go through security. This took about 20 minutes. When we finally got through to departures we found ourselves queuing yet again for bottles of water that are only available at the one cafe. All in all not a good experience. I love Corfu and fly there often to visit my daughter who lives there, but Corfu needs to seriously organise the chaos at the airport if it wants to compete for tourism.
Hope this hasn't put you off your Easyjet flight! If you expect to have to wait for a long time and can keep calm it certainly helps!!! Enjoy your holiday!
Message posted by gilliwilli on 25 June 2010 at 3:57pm - IP Logged
You will coming back from Corfu! It's a pain as they won't accept the pre-printed on-line check-in ones so you have to queue at the check-in even just with hand luggage! Also, if you have Speedy Boarding get used to nasty comments about queue jumping as I know where to stand and which side they board them from at both Manchester and Corfu. No one without Speedy Boarding seems to understand it!
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 25 June 2010 at 5:11pm - IP Logged
Oh Lord!!! We fly back on Saturday 17th and having done the 11.35 on a Saturday evening before I won't mind having to check in. When we came back on Saturday in May it was a much less fraught experience all round so I think I will be able to cope if they ask us to check in regardless of us having our printed off boarding cards as it was practically deserted.
Thanks for the info though certainly something to remember in future.
We arrived at just after 11.00pm a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised to see that the airport was still fairly busy. Although not totally manic as the arrivals earlier in the day, there were still plenty of people about and baggage reclaim was just as busy with two flights to unload.
Message posted by TOP CHEF on 15 July 2010 at 10:38pm - IP Logged
Well I agree with the speedy boarding scenario.
It gets quite advesorial, and it makes you feel a queue jumper.
Quite often weve done SPEEDY, but when weve got on the bus, it then fills up, drives out, the opposite doors open on the bus, and your LAST OFF.DOH!. All rather pointless!.
Anyway we dont bother now.
Its all rather pot luck,and weve had better seats by getting on LAST.
No problem, its just we prefer to sit near the front. Pathetic isnt it. As long as were SAT INSIDE were fine.
Woodie & Dee
Message posted by HelenS on 15 July 2010 at 11:12pm - IP Logged
We travelled back from Corfu on Monday night and it was still busy with a couple of queues outside but if you are with Easyjet or Jet2 my advice is to go in the building via the arrivals doors and walk down to departures and ignore any reps trying to tell you to go outside!!
Message posted by caroleg on 16 July 2010 at 12:39am - IP Logged
Monday night this week, or rather early Tuesday morning, and the airport was reasonably busy with queues inside but not outside. It only began to get manic when the rep from hell arrived and seemed to create chaos within minutes, sheperding her clients like a hyperactive bulldog. We were already in the queue to check in and she seemed to take personal offence that anyone was able to book and travel independently and was really quite rude to us for, well just for being in front I think. Always fun and games at Corfu airport!!
Corfu airport has improved (slightly) in the last couple of years.
Avoid the cafeteria/take away as the prices are rediculous and the staff appear to have had a personality bypass at birth!!
Easyjet is fine - I really cannot understand the concept or mentality of SPEEDY BOARDING - there's a seat for everyone.
Oh and as per the earlier post, what the heck have tour reps got to do with telling Easyjet passengers what to do and where to go???
Message posted by HelenS on 16 July 2010 at 11:35am - IP Logged
Simmer, my thoughts exactly, we were with Jet2 and had to pay to checkin online and already had our boarding cards which is why we totally ignored the Olympic rep who was trying to force us to go outside!
We had an incident a couple of years ago with a rep from Olympic holidays who wouldnt grasp the concept that we were nothing to do with her 'clients' and he was quite rude to us also, our Greek friend that was travelling with us was ready to give him a black eye! The airport security were called and he agreed with us and told the rep to go away and look after his 'clients'! You are quite within your rights to tell them to bog off if they hassle you. I have been several times since and had this problem but I have taken to ignoring them and it works a treat!
Message posted by SpearTravels on 16 July 2010 at 3:29pm - IP Logged
Or just speak Greek to them! I agree they can be a pain.
Also, remember the little cafe right down the far end of the airport tucked away round the corner from the domestic departures as that is always quiet (albeit probably not open late at night).
And if the departures lounge is really hot, which it has been every time I have been there this year, go down to Boarding Gate 1 and stand under the aircon vents!!
But as for the queue to get through security don't get me started!
Message posted by TOP CHEF on 16 July 2010 at 3:40pm - IP Logged
Right. Well thanks everyone. Sounds like nothings changed. We were there in May with Thomsons.
We tend to get a taxi back to the airport and make our way inside without running the gauntlet of the REPS. Naughty I know,(dont tell anyone)
I do of course understand the need for some sort on herding system, otherwise chaos would be pandemonium!
Easyjet, at least gives you the opportunity of making your own way through.
We ask ourselves why do we do it.
Well we love Corfu and its people.
Roll on Sept 26th.
Not too sure about October 4th our return.
Good Luck everyone.
Woodie & Dee
My experience on the Easyjet flights cfu-lgw late evening dpt in the summer is that you arrive late to check in because as Peter (Mr Spears) said it really doesnt apply the fact you have checked in etc and have a boarding card is check in 1 hour before take off and by that time the queue has thinned out. Like Peter I know where to stand on the buses BUT Gatwick is the problem collecting the luggage because every time in the summer we have had to stand nearly 40 mins after landing for the announcement of which conveyor belt to pick up the bags and if you look at the ones that are waiting for their luggage its all EZY flights; possibly considered as the poor relation.
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