First Ryanair direct flights to Ibiza.

November 1st, 2008 - 3:09 pm Posted in ibiza winter tourism | Comments (0)

A good friend of ours Carl took the first Ryanair direct flight from Stansted to Ibiza last week. Here’s an excerpt. The full story is on our new Ibiza in Winter website.

Flight FR 9251 was slightly late leaving London Stansted on a beautiful if cold Tuesday morning the 28th October 2008. After an uneventful flight down from the UK at some 32,000 feet, we left the Spanish mainland and flew down to the island through rain cloud, which made it a bit “choppy” but we made a perfect landing in rainy Ibiza spot on time. On Ryanair you know that the plane is on time landing because they play a recorded bugle call to announce it! Not everybody’s cup of tea, but if that’s their way it’s a small price to pay for a direct scheduled air service to the UK in winter.

There were one hundred and forty seven of us on this, the first flight; not a bad number all other things being equal. EasyJet still haven’t finally stopped their schedule and Ryanair themselves had put out hardly any publicity! The Boeing 737-800 had seats for 189, meaning that the plane was 77.8% loaded.

I was interested to see who the passengers were. Some were clearly “locals”, others looked as if they were making a last minute holiday dash over (poor things in view of the weather) and yet others were business people, call them commuters if you like. My immediate neighbours on the plane were marketing types – preparing already for the 2009 season; in fact there was a jolly good cross section of the target market that I imagine the airline will try to attract and retain.

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