Wednesday 15 May 2013

SAS Economy class, Nice, Cote D'Azur to Stockholm, Arlanda

Crowded and expensive, Nice Cote D'Azur airport can be a grim place to wait for a flight. In the middle of the day in May, there may be nowhere to sit upstairs and long queues for the pricey cafes. The vending machines, which charge 2.5 euros for a modest bottle of water, sometimes don't recognise your coins, but keep them all the same.  Still, there is a nice view of the sea out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. If you want to sit, head downstairs where there may be spare seats next to the gates. The airport has free WiFi, but it is a bit shaky.  Moreover, you may have to catch a bus to your SAS plane, which can involve a tedious wait while the driver waits for all the passengers to pass through the gate. On board, the economy seats are quite large and you can have as much coffee or tea as you like. But you have to pay for the limited choice of soft drinks and food, which is expensive - six euros for a lame chicken sandwich. Towards the end of this two and a half hour flight, you can survey the watery, wooded landscape of central Sweden. After you land, you can pass through Stockholm airport very quickly, as there doesn't appear to be any passport checks for passengers coming in from France. 5/10