Friday, 9 January 2009

London to Newark

I flew to the New York yesterday from Terminal 5. It was my second visit to the terminal and I'm actually quite impressed with the ambiance, facilities, lounges (unfortunately not sampled on this occasion) and the amount of seating in the terminal. The one thing that perplexed me slightly was that I left from Gate 10A and needed to get a bus to the plane. This seemed to be the case for quite a few gates. Who designs a brand new airport terminal without air bridges to all gates? Bizarre.

For the first time in my life I was upgraded at check-in and flew Economy Plus instead of Economy. I won't look a gift horse in the mouth and I was certainly grateful for the additional legroom and the absence of screaming babies in the cabin. However, I'm not sure that I would ever pay to fly Economy Plus for myself. The service levels and food don't seem to be any different from flying at the back of the plane (except you get offered a paper when you board). However, if you want to upgrade me on the way back BA I certainly won't say no!

I'm staying with a friend near Hoboken in New Jersey. Just about to head into Manhattan for some exploring.


  1. I suppose the Heathrow site is old and possibly cramped, so maybe that is why there aren't enough airbridges. I don't mind getting on those horrible, cramped, uncomfortable airport buses anyway.

  2. I love your description as "horrible, cramped, (and) uncomfortable) and then you say you don't mind them!

    I always find them insufferably hot and they tend to give me a headache.

  3. Quite! Sounds rather like I am going to be as ashamed of T5 as I am of all the other terminals. Perhaps I shall continue to prefer Gatwick!

  4. Lot to be said for Gatwick, especially if you live in south London as it is so easy to get to.

    T5 is definitely better than the other terminals.