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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Hello,

I'm planning to book my usual trip AMS-LED somewhere in april/may.

After flying KL, LH, SK, FV, SU i think it's time for me to use another carrier on the route. Therefor i'll try out OS with the route AMS-VIE-LED-VIE-AMS.

However the transit time in VIE is only 35 mins. Should this be enough, taking into account that i also have to go through passport control and possible walk some distance to the gate. Or should i not have to worry too much. For your info, i've not been in VIE so far, so i don't have the familiarity with the airport.

What are my 'rights' in case the AMS-VIE leg is delayed so i would miss my connecting flight VIE-LED. It's gonna be all booked on one PNR so OS has to bring me in any case to LED i suppose, but how are they gonna do that? By booking me on a flight via MUC or FRA, or will they bring me only the next day?

Thanks!


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3173 times:

If they let you make the booking, they will basically take resonsibility that you can make connection at VIE. Why do you have to go through passport control again? You can stay 'airside' I suppose and just go to the next gate? You should be able to get your onward boarding pass at AMS, and baggage is labelled through to the final destination.
In case you miss the connecting flight, and there is not a later OS service, expect rebooking via another Star Alliance partner (expect LX or LH) via either one of their hubs.
btw, good choice to take OS; I have so far only very good experience on them!



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3169 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Why do you have to go through passport control again? You can stay 'airside' I suppose and just go to the next gate?

Because AMS and VIE are Schengen, while LED isn't.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
In case you miss the connecting flight, and there is not a later OS service, expect rebooking via another Star Alliance partner (expect LX or LH) via either one of their hubs.

Thanks for the info!  Smile After your TR i might consider LX for the next one as well.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
btw, good choice to take OS; I have so far only very good experience on them!

Sounds good! I'm looking forward to it as well.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3160 times:



Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
transit time in VIE is only 35 mins.

While it might be legal to make that connection, I personally would not go for it.
While VIE is none of those mega-airports, walking from one end to the other end can be lengthy - and depending on time I also have seen some moderate queues at outbound immigration counters.

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 2):
i might consider LX for the next one as well.

At ZRH keep in mind that you will have to connect from A-gates to E-gates (aka. Dock Midfield) involving a train ride with passport check before the train ride and new security control after the train ride (unless this security check becomes void when ZRH introduces the new central security check).

Quoting Severnaya (Thread starter):
i've not been in VIE so far, so i don't have the familiarity with the airport.

In places it resembles one of a Shopping Mall.
The fact that the terminal building has been amended with structure again and again can not be overlooked.
-HT



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3156 times:



Quoting Severnaya (Reply 2):
Because AMS and VIE are Schengen, while LED isn't.

I have the feeling that there should some special passport control point inside the 'airside' area. This will be some shortcut and reduces time significally usually.

If you decide to fly Business Class, you might be able to use a Priority lane.

I'v done several transfers, sometimes also 30 minutes (actually I made a 45 minute transfer at VIE, from a longhaul OS arrival to a European OS flight), and without problems.

Also for ZRH, AMS flight might arrive on the midfield near gates E, disembarking by bus and a drive to terminal A. The walk to terminal E for your onward LED bound flight takes about 10 minutes if you continue walking all the time. But, the airport signs state that it would take longer, it was definitely not the case during my visits.

Remember that, when OS is selling this ticket combination, such a transfer is possible and basically guaranteed by the airline. The only thing needed is some 'rush' by yourself to make sure that the connection is to be made, but from the basics it is possible.



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3141 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Also for ZRH, AMS flight might arrive on the midfield near gates E

All Schengen flights arrive at terminal A  Wink


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3130 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Also for ZRH, AMS flight might arrive on the midfield near gates E

&

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 5):
All Schengen flights arrive at terminal A  

I was confused by the original statement too, but as Airbuseric continued "disembarking by bus and a drive to terminal A." I figured that he was referring to the parking positions south of runway 28 where the AVROs usually are parked (if they do not use the apron next to (former) pier B) ...

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
The walk to terminal E for your onward LED bound flight takes about 10 minutes if you continue walking all the time.

Slight amendment:
Makes no sense to *walk* while being stuck in the SkyMetro .... D:
There is no option to walk all the way to E-gates. SkyMetro (and currently buses replacing it from E to A) is the only option.
-HT



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3120 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 3):
While VIE is none of those mega-airports, walking from one end to the other end can be lengthy - and depending on time I also have seen some moderate queues at outbound immigration counters.

Thanks for the heads up!  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
I have the feeling that there should some special passport control point inside the 'airside' area.

I suppose it does like as in FRA.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Remember that, when OS is selling this ticket combination, such a transfer is possible and basically guaranteed by the airline. The only thing needed is some 'rush' by yourself to make sure that the connection is to be made, but from the basics it is possible.

Yeah that's exactly what i thought off as well, and well, if they mess it up i'll receive an extra leg. Wink

Thanks in any case everybody for sharing the experience, i very much appreciate it.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3114 times:



Quoting Severnaya (Reply 7):
Yeah that's exactly what i thought off as well, and well, if they mess it up i'll receive an extra leg. 

OTOH, when getting re-routed at short notice, chances are that there might be a problem with checked luggage ...
-HT



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3110 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 8):
OTOH, when getting re-routed at short notice, chances are that there might be a problem with checked luggage ...

Well i usually travel light and we have two houses (one close to AMS and one in LED), so clothes and stuff is not really the point as i don't check luggage most of the time.  Smile but thanks anyway, very much appreciated.



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User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

When I did a short time transfer at VIE (FRA-VIE to VIE-CAI) I was worried - esp. with delayed leaving FRA. I was able to make the connection as they were doing the passport control at the entry to the departure gate area and there was quite the queue. Despite my concerns the OS staff had a list of transfers and were very sure to check on passengers (something I did not expect).


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3080 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 6):
but as Airbuseric continued "disembarking by bus and a drive to terminal A." I figured that he was referring to the parking positions south of runway 28 where the AVROs usually are parked (if they do not use the apron next to (former) pier B) ...

Indeed. That was what I meant.

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
The walk to terminal E for your onward LED bound flight takes about 10 minutes if you continue walking all the time.

Slight amendment:
Makes no sense to *walk* while being stuck in the SkyMetro .... D:
There is no option to walk all the way to E-gates. SkyMetro (and currently buses replacing it from E to A) is the only option.

I meant 'walking to B-gates', not E *sorry*
I guess the LED flights also leave from the B-gates at ZRH?



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3068 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 11):
I guess the LED flights also leave from the B-gates at ZRH?

I just checked: Yes, LX-flights to LED use (original) B-gates (it was B29 today).
-HT



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