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Ryanair London Gatwick to Skavsta (Sweden)

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I recently flew Ryanair from London Gatwick to Skavsta in Sweden (described as Stockholm, but not really). Some observations...

1. LGW has some exceedingly rude employees and large numbers of unattractive transit passengers. I survived my several hour layover there, but can't say I enjoyed it.

2. Non-EU passengers have to stop at the luggage check-in counter even if they aren't checking any bags. You must already have checked in for the flight and printed your boarding pass in advance. I'd arrived several hours early via Eayjet from Spain, in initially the agent told me I'd have to come back later as it was too early to check my bag, but as I was not checking a bag (and I voluntarily put my single 9.6 kg on the luggage scale for him to check), he was able to go ahead and stamp my boarding pass as having been checked. He did not tag my bag in any way.

3. Security at LGW either entirely incompetent or devoting considerable effort to giving that impression.

4. Final check to enter gate area involved inspection of boarding pass and assessment of hand luggage number and size. I was one of the very few who'd followed the rules: one bag and one nag only. Ryanair agent actually smiled at me as he handed me back my boarding pass.

5. Swedish passengers terrible at queuing: rude, a bit of shoving, deliberately ignoring others. At first I thought this was just the Ryanair effect, but it turned out to be the norm in Uppsala (where I was for work). Surprising.

6. Skavsta is about 1.5 hours from central Stockholm station. Buses meet the Ryanair flights. You can save yourself time and money by purchasing your ticket in advance via the web: your 2-D barcoded printed ticket is scanned as you enter the bus. I sat to a very nice young Swedish woman returning from a family visit to London.

7. Spent the night at a hotel just outside the central station in a small, windowless but very nicely-equipped transit room (other rooms at hotel have windows). I'm claustrophobic, but had no problem with the room. Hotel was the Nordic Sea. Or was it the Nordic Light? Never mind, they're sister hotels located next door to each other.

8. Late buffet breakfast (included with room; I could have chosen room service at no additional cost) followed by quick and easy train trip to Uppsala.

Oh, and the Ryanair flight took off on time and landed a few minutes early. Plane clean, flight attendants pleasant if not too anglophone (noted Czech tabloid newspaper in galley area).

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