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Grenoble Airport to use or not to use

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Hi Snowheads,

I was thinking about flying to Grenoble to get to Tignes in March as the schedule times are kinder but the google reviews are awful about excessive waiting times.

I usually fly back from Geneva but it would be a unruly early start to the day and would prefer not to be leaving at 5.30am.

Just after some first hand experience on using Grenoble.

Muchas Gratias
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I've used grenoble and Geneva in equal measure over the last 7 years. From a delay point of view there is no difference. Grenoble is very basic, not surprising as it really only exists as a commercial airport for 40 days a year, bar the odd Ryanair flight midweek in the summer.
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@jason.peter1986 It's not waiting/delays; it's queues.

It really is a case of;
Arrive - find the queue to check in
Check in - find queue to get through for Security (it's not difficult it's huge)
Security done - Passport control queue

And that's on a Sunday.

Personally - I now book to go through Geneva!
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I’ve been using Lyon for past couple of years. Biometric passport readers, no need to queue for passport control on way out. Proper airport facilities. Absolute bliss.
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I thought the big prob with grenoble was that it got shut down with fog an awful lot?
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Isn't that Chambery?
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Personally, I try and avoid Grenoble. As others have said, when flying from there you just go from one queue to another. I've had even worse experiences of landing there, where we've been walked from the plane in the pouring rain, then queued outside in the rain for passport control, as there is very little space inside. The hold baggage had also been left out in the rain, and not all bags/suitcases are waterproof.

Getting up earlier is a small price to pay for avoiding Geneva (which closes more often than Grenoble, but is still far preferable).

Looking for flights from Lyon is a good call. I've flown there a couple of times and it's far nicer than either Geneva or Grenoble and not that much further.
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@jason.peter1986, I find the differences between airport options near the French Alps greatly exaggerated.

If the timing is convenient and flights available from my preferred UK airport, at a decent price, then I wouldn’t hesitate to use Grenoble.
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Lyon has been nicely upgraded over the last couple of years. Quesyjet refused to allow any check ins outside 2 hours of flight, that can be a pain.
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Grenoble is rarely affected by fog, it has approach aids to a standard of quite a few UK airports, i.e. you can land with a 100 ft cloudbase and 300m visibility.
Geneva dies have a zero zero capability for landings but as it is so busy delays ensue as the flow rate is reduced to allow greater separation between aircraft to meet the safety criteria.
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Having used it last year to get to Alpe d'Huez...we're using Geneva to get to Alpe d'Hez this year.

There's nothing WRONG with it per se, it's just as others have said it's tiny and has all it's flights in a 4 hour window.

Arriving:
Passport control is tiny and, even with the extension tent not big-enough to take a full plane worth of queuing passengers...and at least one more flight will have landed before the last person from the previous flight has cleared through! Dress warm, dress for rain.

Departing:
We had one of the last flights back, but with only 2 Bens Bus transfers per-day were dropped off well before. Much like passport control on the way in there are only check-in desks to handle two or three flights at a time - and only enough gates to handle the same. This means we initially had to hang out in the (heated, but not sure how well it would keep that heat if it ws cold/windy outside) pre-checking gazeebo, waiting for check-in to open for our flight. Thankfully the rest of the queues had gone by the time out turn came around but for the earlier ones it was:
1. Wait in pre-checking tent till checkin opened.
2. Queue for check-in.
3. Wait to be called to join the pre-security queue queue.
4. Join pre-security queue queue.
5. Get released to join the security queue.
6. Queue for security.
7. Wait at gate to board.

And that was on a day of calm, clear skys across Europe, so no delays due to late arriving flights, etc.
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Arriving at Grenoble isn't too bad as you have the "holiday excitement" to get you through. You will queue (a bit of it outside as well, so sucks in bad weather) to go through the two passport control desks.

It's the going home that is the worse. I've not been there were it hasn't been rammed, with no seats available. And once you go through security, unbelievably it gets worse.

I would always now chose Lyon over Grenoble. It's actually like a proper airport, with actual facilities designed to cater to more than 15 people at a time. And it's roughly the same time/distance as Grenoble.
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