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Travelling from Singapore to Toronto via Narita International Airport..What is the minimum transit time needed? I have only 40 mins to transit...

Travelling from Singapore to Toronto via Narita International Airport..What is the minimum transit time needed? I have only 40 mins to transit...

Old Jul 15th, 2008, 10:04 PM
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Travelling from Singapore to Toronto via Narita International Airport..What is the minimum transit time needed? I have only 40 mins to transit...


I am in hurry to check and buy tickets for a trip to and fro from Toronto to Singapore.

My travel agent has given me an option in which I have to travel back to Toronto from Singapore via Narita International Airport in Japan.

My main concern is the time available for transit. It is only 40 minutes and I am not sure whether that would be sufficient to transit without any hassle. I dont know whether the time is just right whether its too short for transit and am also concerned about the whether the luggage would be transferred safely within that time.

Any delay in the flight from Singapore to Narita, Japan will also be troublesome.

Anyone who knows about the minimum time needed for transit..please advise me whether 40 minutes would be sufficient.

Thank you very much for any info.

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Old Jul 15th, 2008, 10:44 PM
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i flew from bkk to iad with less than 30 min. connection time in nrt on ua. made it with time to spare. enough time to buy sushi to go.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 01:51 AM
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Depends on a number of factors, such as whether it's the same terminal, airline alliance, buggage interlining etc, but even for a same-airline transfer (international to international), minimum connecting time is 45 minutes. You need to go through security (pretty quick) before proceeding to your gate for connecting flight.
You should ask your TA to give you a less tight connection - I'd allow a couple of hours.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 06:34 AM
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If it's the same airline (or alliance) leaving out of the same terminal to which you arrive, it's likely do-able. It may be close. You have to go through security when you arrive at the airport (yes, you get off your plane and go through Japanese security).

Ask your travel agent, is it a legal connection? All airports have connection times. If it's a legal connection and you miss the flight, the airline is obligated to get you on the next flight.

Coming out of Changi (Singapore), your flight will very likely be on time - at least I've never had a flight leave late out of Changi . Indeed, I've had flights leave early. So that part of the plan is pretty secure.

(Travel agents - I never use them, I'd always rather book my own, Then I know what all of my options are.)
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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If this is a single through ticket from Singapore to Toronto with a "guaranteed connection," then it's up to the airline to accommodate you (i.e., get you on another flight). Usually, for a connection such as this one though, they want a minimum of one hour. I'd phone the airline directly and ask them what happens if you miss the ongoing flight. But for the sake of peace of mind, I'd change the flights. There was a New York Times article the other day about many more travellers now sleeping in airports because airlines aren't generous with vouchers when connections are missed.
I've been so concerned, as you are, about flight delays in the past, that I've even gone online to line to check the on-time record for particular airlines and flights. If I were you, I know I'd be worried about this issue during my whole vacation.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 01:21 PM
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The connection in Narita is usually very smooth and efficient. However, your airline is unlikely to have many other flights upon which you can be placed if you miss the connection. I would have your Travel Agent determine whether there is a slightly more generous connection possible.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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I wonder what went wrong on with my connection then (SIN-NRT-SFO). It took 30 minutes to get through security after getting off the plane before being allowed to enter the terminal. My husband, who has never actually been to Japan said he was skeptical of the country's reputation for efficiency - LOL.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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i would not even consider it unless it was all on the same airline and even then its not for me
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 08:23 PM
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I would not want to connect anywhere with less than 1 hour unless I knew there was another flight available within a few hours to get me where I was going. Prefer about 2 hours in general.
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Old Jul 16th, 2008, 08:30 PM
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... so, only 40 to transit, sweet SIN-YYZ, via NRT ... (just between us: blow off the tight connection, and simply spend a few days receiving in-room massage treatments at the Park Hyatt Tokyo ... (deepest apologies for not revealing my all-time favourite PH masseuse).

... can assure you, SQ presently rules (take that, Emirates - and you too, CX) SIN-NRT with those A380s ... just tell your TA, all you want to do is spend the rest of your life flying with those sensational Singapore Girls ... (personal bias, to be sure) ... have the TA book you SQ638 - early morning arrival, NRT, plenty of time to go on to YYZ ... (with "other" carriers, perhaps) ...

... (and just between us: my current favourite same-day NRT-N.A. business travel connection remains TG676 F (BKK-NRT) : airside greeting (with a lovely NH rep - ANA 'girls' forever), private escort through security, and escort to the NH F/C lounges, before flying NH or UA back to my now-secondary posting in SFO ... (and please don't tell the SQ-forever wife - thank you) ...

... savour your 'time' ... (perhaps, with a certain Singaporean airline) ...

macintosh (robert)

time is tight/

(Booker T. & The MGs)

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