Flight: Ryanair FR6012 Date: 25 Nov 2008
From: Nador (NDR), Morocco To: Marseille (MRS), France
When I’m in Europe I always look at the Ryanair map and see if there are any airports near where I’m going to be. It’s a fun map to play with because they have so many destination airports.
[Ryanair Destinations (2008)]
I had not heard of Nador before booking this flight. I figured that it looked close enough to Fes, which is where I was ending my travels in Morocco. Nador is also near the border of the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
Ryanair fly from Nador to Marseille, France. I had never been to Marseille and it was close to my next destination, so this was an easy flight choice.
Ryanair Free Seat Sale*
I booked this ticket during one of Ryanair’s many free seat sales*. There is always that conditional asterisk for the taxes and charges. This was the breakdown of the fare, in Moroccan Dirham:
****0.00 MAD Total Fare
***99.00 MAD Taxes, Fees and Charges
**114.00 MAD Passenger Fee: BAG
***57.00 MAD Passenger Fee: Airport Check in
***57.00 MAD Passenger Fee: Debit Card Fee
**327.00 MAD Total Paid (about €29/$42USD at time of booking)
Still very cheap – asterisk or not – for a 2 hour flight.
Nador airport is about 20 kms from Nador and there is no bus, so you can only get there by taxi.
Smoking is something of a national hobby in Morocco so they have this smokers box for those that need it.
[Smokers Box – Nador Airport]
The flight departed on time and it was goodbye to Morocco, until next time.
[Aeroport Nador Al Aroui]
How Ryanair pays for cheap flights
Ryanair have introduced in cabin advertising as a way of making more revenue. The overhead bins now offer advertising space.
And how to recover selling tickets for free plus tax? Sell water for more than you buy fuel.
Before the flight there is an annoying jingle that is played over and over as they spruik duty free goods and lotto tickets. This annoying jingle is now a single: Mr Superfly
Out The Window
I always try and get a window on short flights, and here are the identifiable landmarks that I spotted.
[The Spanish enclave of Melilla.]
[Sierra Nevada mountain range, Andalucia.]
[Flying over Barcelona.]
[Frioul Islands – Where the character in The Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned.]
Marseille Provence Airport has a terminal for budget airlines, MP2. There is a bus that runs from the airport to central Marseille, for €8.50 (as at Nov 2008).
[MP2 Airport Marseille destinations.]
Overall there were no problems with the service or times. The ads on the flight are cheesy but I consider this a flying bus, so I can’t complain given how cheap the flight was.