We’re back from a fabulous weekend in Amsterdam You’ll have to wait just a little longer to hear our tales from the city as I wanted to share our experience of flying from Humberside to Schiphol. Does it pay to fly local?
- Its location, just off the M180, makes it very accessible for people in North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. For us, travelling up from South Lincolnshire, 90 minutes of leisurely driving via the back roads was wonderfully stress-free.
- The car parks are just at the door so no need for buses to take us to the terminal.
- Humberside airport is small but beautifully formed. Functional outside but rather pretty inside with the very chic Aviator lounge and bar.
- Passport control and security is swift. On our return journey we were back in our car within about 10 minutes of the plane touching down. Even passengers with hold luggage were able to pick up their bags as soon as they had cleared immigration.
- Unfortunately very few airlines fly from this airport. On the day we travelled there were three flights with KLM to Amsterdam each day plus some internal flights. The rest were helicopters. I may have to start a one-woman campaign for more routes.
|The Aviator Bar, Humberside Airport, at 9am…|
- Cityhopper planes are clean, comfortable and have plenty of leg room.
- I had no idea the flight would be so quick: just less than an hour to Amsterdam. No sooner had we reached cruising altitude than we began our descent. I hardly had enough time to finish reading the in-flight magazine. I should have snaffled it, as it was a good one.
- No-fuss catering. As the flight is less than 90 minutes, complimentary water and a snack is provided.
- Staff at check-in and on board were friendly and efficient.
- Great system for hand baggage. Rather than everyone trying to squeeze their luggage into the overhead lockers, a number of cases (ours included) are given pink tags and told to leave them at the foot of the steps before they are put in the hold. When the plane arrives at Schiphol, passengers are only allowed off once the pink-tagged cases are ready to be picked up at the steps again.
|Our Cityhopper plane waiting to take us to Schiphol|
- There’s no denying Schiphol is huge so it does take some time for the plane to taxi to the terminal. This, however, is made very enjoyable by the fact that the plane trundles over a motorway bridge once it has landed. That must be quite a sight for motorists.
- Passport control is very efficient: no queues when we passed through.
- The train station is underneath the airport terminal so onward travel is swift and easy. Trains are every 15 minutes to the centre of Amsterdam at a cost of 5 euros. My only complaint is they should have a one-queue system like we do in the UK, rather than passengers having to choose a queue and inevitably choosing the slowest line. Of course we could have bought a ticket from one of the many yellow ticket machines but you know how we have a habit of breaking them…
- Schiphol Plaza is a tourist attraction in itself. If you have time to spare before your flight you will have plenty of options for eating and shopping. Trish’s top tip: on your return journey don’t throw away your bottle of water before you go through passport control. The security checks only occur when you reach your departure gate so you have plenty of drinking time before the no-liquids rule applies.
|Can I book this clog to take me to my departure gate?|
In short, Humberside airport is a dream and KLM offers an efficient, comfortable service. As for Schiphol, if we were travelling long-haul in the future, I would seriously consider flying from Amsterdam. For us, driving to Humberside for a connection to Schiphol is a possible alternative to driving to Heathrow and would provide us with a lot more options for onward flights.
My husband and I flew as guests of KLM from Humberside to Amsterdam, however, a return flight from Humberside to Amsterdam with KLM starts from just £119 per person. As ever all opinions are my own.