For this new small Flight review, I take you to Greece on board an A320 of easyJet Switzerland on flight U2 1106 from Basel to Thessaloniki.
To start this Flight review, I would like to tell you about my departure airport: the Euro Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.
Defined as the only bi-national airport in the world, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport is in fact a tri-national airport with a Swiss and a French-German zone. The airport is geographically located in France (hence its ICAO code LFSB) but a customs line separates the airport in two (hence its IATA code BSL - derived from the Swiss city of Basel).
Let's get back to the point. As my flight is operated by easyJet Switzerland, the check-in counters for my flight are located in Switzerland. But unfortunately for me, the second I want to go through customs, a gate closes in front of me, leaving me and my family on the French side. The cause of this interruption? An abandoned suitcase! We can't remind you often enough: don't leave your luggage unattended, to avoid blocking a whole airport at the worst time of the day!
Anyway. After this wait in front of the gate, we head to the check-in counters. Luckily for me, when booking my ticket, I chose the very advantageous option today, the "Speedy Boarding" option. This advantage allows me not only to board first, but also to beat all the queues at the airport! So I check in my luggage and headed for my gate, Gate 42. The route is very well indicated! Everything is as easy as can be in this airport.
Once the controls are passed, I wait quietly for the boarding to start and take some pictures.
Now it's time to get on board!
Boarding is very fast! Of course, the station agents checked our boarding passes, Covid tests/vaccines, and passenger tracking to enter Greece.
Getting on the plane was a breeze! The crew was smiling and relaxed!
A bit of cockpit…
As usual, I asked to go into the cockpit. The pilots welcomed me as if we were old friends. After talking with them, I went back to seat 2F.
Push back and taxi
The boarding is now complete and we start the push Back. Then we taxi to runway 15.
Cabin and seat
The seats in the aircraft are modern, comfortable, and ergonomic. A pocket containing the Safety Card is in front of us, as is a tablet (a little small in my opinion).
There is also a coat hanger and the legroom was more than enough for me (1m70).
The only negative point is the cleanliness of the seat. I had a stain on mine and I was not sure whether it was waste or tomato sauce.
The take-off was smooth and we started to climb to our cruising altitude of 37,000 feet.
Onboard service and cruise
Shortly after take-off, the service begins. Of course, easyJet being a low-cost airline, everything on board is charged, but not excessively so. A small bottle of red wine costs 6 €.
The crew kept playing back this announcement: "Today you have the chance to travel with a crew based in Switzerland, which allows you to buy cartons of cigarettes at exceptional prices...".
The flight passed over Venice. This is the third time I have flown over the Serenissima after visiting it three weeks earlier (I should mention that I flew over it a fourth time on the return flight).
Apart from a few bumps over the Alps, the flight went very well!
Approach and landing
We start our descent into Thessaloniki and land safely on runway 34 of the Greek airport.
After landing, we taxied through the parking area and we could have a look at a Lufthansa A320neo that arrived from Munich, a few hours before.
The deboarding by bus went well and we got our luggage back.
The local police also checked the above-mentioned entry formalities.
Flights on easyJet are always perfect! Even though there is a charge for services, the prices are very affordable! The seats are very comfortable despite their sometimes poor cleanliness. Basel airport is very good, while Thessaloniki airport is like other Greek airports: more or less modern building but aging equipment and lacking services.
That's it for this Flight review!