Every journey starts with an airport transfer

Evert journey starts with a small step and (often) an airport transfer…

It’s 4am on the coach from Birmingham to Manchester Airport, which puts me in mind of The 4am Project – so I take a phone snapshot aboard the National Express 422 service. It’s a blurry fail (those lights are the view out the front window) but also kinda pretty. The world at 4am is a whole different kettle of surreal fish – and that’s the point really.

4am Project

Blue neon tunnel on the travelator to Terminal 3. More crazy lights but I like it. It’s a 12 mins walk to checkin, though.

Travelator to Terminal 3

Arcade games at the gate? We’re not in Birmingham now, Toto. Still, the seats are great for kipping on.

Arcade machines, Gate 52

FYI, Gate 52 at Terminal 3, Manchester Airport is also a Defibrillator Station. With my fear of flying (see yesterday’s confessional post), I felt strangely reassured.

Defibrillator, Gate 52

Checking the plane over through the window – it looks shiny and new. Ok then, I’ll board.

BMIbaby Boeing 737-300

One of the swifter boardings, thankfully. It was funny when a crew member changed into her comfortable shoes aboard the flight. Glamour – check.

Gate 52, Manchester Airport

Bmibaby cabin crew action shot!

BMIbaby flight attendant

That’s France down there. (I’m much happier now I’m in the cruise corridor.)


Kiss the pilot, we’ve landed. Toulouse Airport is packed with urban, futuristic chic.

Toulouse airport

The transfer down to the coast is a swift autoroute ride with a viewing point for Carcassonne Castle.

Carcasonne castle

Next step: the holiday.

Bmibaby.com flights to Toulouse from Manchester in October cost between £41 and £63 return, taxes and charges included.


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