To Hong Kong and Back: RyanAir from STN-KRK

We had a lot of fun during our layover in London and in the airport at Stansted, but it was time to head to Krakow! I had never flown RyanAir before, despite hearing all the stories over the years, so I thought now would be a great time to check out how the experience compared to my many flights on Spirit Airlines stateside!

PART I: DELTA AIRLINES PHX-JFK-LHR IN ECONOMY
PART II: ESCAPE LOUNGE STANSTED AIRPORT, LONDON
PART III: RYANAIR STN-KRK
PART IV: SHERATON GRAND KRAKOW
PART V: BUSINESS LOUNGE SCHENGEN – KRAKOW
PART VI: FLYING AEGEAN AIRLINES IN ECONOMY
PART VII: THE PRIORITY PASS LOUNGES OF ATHENS AIRPORT
PART VIII: LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
PART IX: FIRST CLASS LOUNGE CAIRO AIRPORT
PART X: EMIRATES AIRLINES CAI-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XI: ST. REGIS DUBAI
PART XII: EMIRATES FIRST CLASS LOUNGE, DXB
PART XIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-HKG IN FIRST CLASS
PART XIV: OVOLO SOUTHSIDE HOTEL, HONG KONG
PART XV: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, HKG
PART XVI: EMIRATES AIRLINES HKG-BKK IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XVII: ALOFT BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 13
PART XVIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, BKK
PART XIX: EMIRATES AIRLINES BKK-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XX: PARK HYATT DUBAI
PART XXI: EMIRATES AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE, DUBAI
PART XXII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-CAI IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIII: ROYAL JORDANIAN CAI-AMM IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIV: TRANSITING AMMAN AIRPORT
PART XXV: BRITISH AIRWAYS CLUB WORLD AMM-LHR
PART XXVI: BRITISH AIRWAYS ARRIVALS LOUNGE, LHR AND CLUB ASPIRE LOUNGE, LHR

RyanAir is infamous for their low fares and their fees. They’re one of the largest airlines in Europe, and really pioneered the “ultra low fare” business model that we see taking hold in the United States at the moment. For $75.48, we flew one-way with one checked bag on a 2 1/2 hour flight. Not the lowest fares I’ve ever seen, but still not bad at all!

We were first required to wait for our gate at the Stansted central terminal. Once that was announced, there was a mad rush to the airport train to find the gate. We arrived about 10 minutes later to the gate, where there were already people in line being checked in. Stairs led down to the bus gate, where we were corralled for what seemed like 15 minutes before a bus came. Finally, one came, and we stepped off at the plane.

I elected to try my luck with seat assignments, and I lost. Back of the plane. Middle seat. I was so tired from flying that it really didn’t matter. I noticed that leg room wasn’t great, much like Spirit Airlines.

Ads on the back of the seats were a nice touch.

There was lots to buy on board. The friendly flight attendants certainly made everyone aware of that, with frequent duty free announcements. It interrupted my sleep a bit, but overall I can’t complain about my in flight experience. We got to Krakow on time, and my baggage arrived as well.

In comparison to other Low Cost Carriers (LCC’s), I felt like RyanAir was a better flight experience. Most of my time flying Spirit felt like I was doing Spirit a favor by flying with them. The flight attendants were often rude (but not always), and I had an uneasy feeling about how much they were paying their pilots.

RyanAir got us to our destination, and we were finally in Krakow.

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