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Switching Flights at London Gatwick


Nov 1st, 2011, 07:46 PM
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Switching Flights at London Gatwick

We only have 55 minutes to switch flights at London Gatwick. Will this be a problem?
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Nov 1st, 2011, 07:51 PM
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maybe, maybe not. Will you land on time - who can say?? Do both flights use the same terminal? Is it one ticket or two?
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 01:01 AM
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If you have to collect & recheck luggage then you have zero chance, if your luggage is checked through or you have hand luggage only then you have a chance - unless you are entering the UK from outside the UK & Ireland.

But a few more details - airlines, routing, date, time....

.... would help
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 04:24 AM
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Where are you flying from and to. Will you stay airside? - or will you have to go through Immigration? If the latter, chances of making the ongoing flight is small.
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:09 AM
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It's not much time. If you have to get your bags, I'm with alanRow and would say no.

We did it in Heathrow (from US going to Paris) by cutting in line and really hustling but I wouldn't recommend trying it without a good Plan B available. In our case, the Air France person said there were many frequent subsequent flights to Paris so not to worry. We didn't have to put our Plan B to the test.
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:17 AM
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The minimum connection time from North to South terminals or vv is 75 minutes. If you are staying in the same terminal and flying with the same airline to another international destination so that you do not have to go though immigration you might just make it. If you are on a single ticket, the airline will be responsible for you but if as I fear you are connecting to another airline, particularly Easyjet, where you will have to go through immigration, customs and then check in again in departures, there is no chance whatsoever
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Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:29 AM
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It can be done if you are doing it all as one ticket and your luggage is checked through. I missed such a connection at LGW and they rebooked me at no charge. Unfortunately it was a holiday weekend so they gave me a very strange rebooking. We were connecting through LGW on our way to Dublin and we missed the connection to Dublin. All flights from LGW to Dublin were full for that day. So they booked us from LGW to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Dublin. We arrived in Dublin 12 hours later.

I know how crazy that sounds but there was no other way to get us to Dublin that day. They even looked at buying us a train/ferry ticket to Dublin but even that was sold out. If you are traveling on a holiday weekend strange things like this can happen. But most of the time they can get you on the next flight.
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