Sunday, 5 July 2009
Ryanair's grim future in Marseille
We've just returned from a good holiday in the South of France, which finished with three days in the buzzy environs of the Vieux Port in Marseille. But our departure from Marseille Airport presented a less happy spectacle. We were flying EasyJet back to Bristol, and were forced to depart from a ghastly shed designed to house budget airlines - mainly Ryanair - known as MP2. The taxi dropped us at the main terminal and trolleys are blocked from MP2. MP2 doesn't take your bags at check-in; instead you must carry them past another checkpoint and load them on a baggage rail later. You then face long surly queues for security, followed by a passport queue. Although there are a few shops in the terminal, the departure gates area is seatless, and you must stand for ages waiting for the flight to land. This is the future that Michael O'Leary wants for all fliers. And it is not a pleasant one.