We booked this flight through Easyjet months before. There is only one direct flight from Venice to Basel, which is quite irritating considering Easyjet opted to change our departure time to 7am.
Easyjet advise arriving at the airport two hours early. We have an airline in Australia called Tiger that does a similar thing. As far as I can see, all it does is clog already congested airport terminals with stressed out travellers who’d rather have had an extra hour or so in bed.
Either way, we did what we were told and dutifully arrived at approximately 5am. It took us some time to find the Easyjet check-in area at VCE as it’s actually downstairs. Although the main check-in area for the rest of the airlines was reasonably crowded, Easyjet wasn’t.
After checking in, we did the security thing (with security, unfortunately, throwing out Clarrie’s breakfast yoghurt), and waiting for our departure. It was a bit of a comedy of errors. We were already quite frazzled due to the change in departure time and the early hour. We didn’t keep an eye on the departure boards and didn’t notice that our flight had changed gates to the opposite end of the airport. So yes, we were those people you see running from one end to the other of an airport with a baby in tow.
We made it to the gate just in time to be corralled onto a bus that took us across the tarmac to our waiting A319. The flight was packed, but luckily the seat next to us was empty which made things easier.
The flight itself was uneventful but for a very hard landing when touching down at BSL.
The weather there was no better than Venice, and when we got our bags, they were soaked. Luckily they have some degree of waterproofing, although Clarrie’s pram did cop a hiding.
For a one hour flight, I certainly can’t complain about Easyjet, especially considering how cheap they are in comparison to other airlines.
For this particular leg, we had no option but to fly with them as they are the only airline to fly Venice to Basel, but should I be given the choice, I’d definitely give them my business once more.
Unless they made me get up at 4:30am again.