How much time??

Nov 2nd, 2007, 09:25 AM
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How much time??

How much time should we allow to catch another flight in Rome?

we leave mid January on Continental Airlines from NY arriving in Rome (FCO) 7:50 am. we are hoping to catch another flight once we arrive at FCO, Alitalia 9:45 am to Venice.

-we have checked luggage
-both american passports
-Continental tickets already purchased, and Alitalia tickets will be purchased shortly, (depends).

A little less than two hours to catch another flight. Is this too risky? how much time should we allow to go thru immigration and luggage pick up?

Thanks in advance for any help or insight.

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Nov 2nd, 2007, 09:33 AM
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I have done and as long as you are in the same airport you should be fine. I'd be curious to hear others opinions though...
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Nov 4th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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it should be enough time to get through customs.....
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Nov 4th, 2007, 11:05 AM
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I hate to say it, but it depends on the number of immigration officers on duty when you arrive and the amount of passengers waiting to clear immigration.

For example, we arrived from Prague at FCO and it took us over one hour and something to clear passport control. There were just two (!) officers on duty for the non-EU Nationals line. And one officer scrutinized everyone's paperwork so that made things slower.
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Nov 4th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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You might check the on-time record for your particular Continental flight from JFK to FCO.
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Nov 6th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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Alitalia said that for domestic flights, you need to be checked in at least half hour before. so it looks safe enough.... (fingers crossed)
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Nov 6th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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can you get checked all the way ( get boarding pases for Venice in NY)?
If you can - you are in transit;I don't see why would you have to go through customs?
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Nov 6th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Customs is not the problem, it's immigration, and if you bags are not through checked, waiting for baggage claim.

This summer the wait for immigration was ~50-60min (for arrival into Rome) and ~20min for connecting flights.

If your bags are not checked through then you must go through the arrival into Rome immigration.
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Nov 6th, 2007, 12:24 PM
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Summagold can't check the luggage through because they're buying two separate tickets on two separate airlines. Not the same thing as one ticket with code share with another airline.

I think you might be perfectly fine with that amount of time, or you might not be! Helpful, isn't it? But it's very hard to say for sure due to so many variables, as noted above.

The other thing to consider is that if your Continental flight is late and/or you spend a lot of time at immigration or getting your bags and you miss the Alitalia flight, since it's a separate ticket, you will have to purchase a whole new ticket at full price.
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Nov 7th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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Since both CO and Alitalia are legacy airlines it SHOULD be possible to through check the bags, even though they are separate tickets.

Upon checkin at Alitalia in Rome you would likely need to show them the baggage claim #'s so they can enter them into their system. If your bags are checked through to VCE by CO, then you will be able to go through the 'connections' immigration and not exit to the street.

I emphasize SHOULD, as neither Alitalia nor FCO are known as the most efficient opperations in the world.
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Nov 7th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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I was told by Alitalia that domestic flights fly out of Terminal A. Is anyone familiar with what terminal Continental will be arriving in?

J62, you mention going out onto the that a fact if we were to go to another terminal? No airport shuttle to and from terminals?

alas..the more i think about it, the riskier it becomes...
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Nov 7th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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The website for FCO is:

Click on Fiumicino. You'll find a link to the shuttle info. It looks like the shuttle only runs every 20 minutes and that it makes a big circle from the arrival terminals to the parking lots and cargo area before it comes back to the departure terminals. I've never made a connection at FCO nor used the shuttle, but it would seem possible you could wait nearly 20 minutes for the shuttle and then ride another 15 minutes or so before you reached the departure terminals.

Continental should be able to tell you which terminal your flight arrives at.

Where is your connecting flight taking you?
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