novak500 From Canada, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
Just booked my summer vacation (super excited) and it's a combination of Paris and Iceland with all flights on Icelandair as i wanted to take advantage of the free stopover in Iceland for a few days on the return leg. The first segment is YYZ-KEF-CDG with a 1 hour and 15 minute layover in KEF. KEF seems fairly small and the connection seems doable, assuming the flight out of YYZ is on time, but can anyone who has connected through KEF tell me their experience, especially on a short connection time? I was hoping for longer, but that was the only option going eastbound.
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3678 times:
I have never flown through KEF, but the 1hr 15min connection you have is basically the standard at KEF, because of the way FI operates. FI's whole model is built around connecting passengers between Europe and North America and vice-versa, and they do this with their 757 fleet via two connection banks. The first one is early in the morning with arrivals from North America around 5:45-6:45 with flights departing to European points an hour later, hence your one hour connection time. Then in the afternoon those airplanes return to KEF around 15:00-16:00 with departures to North America an hour later.
Rest assured, your 1hr 15min connection is more than sufficient, as FI has built their whole operation around 1hr connections between Europe and North America.
planejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3575 times:
KEF seems like a very easy connection, I've only used it as O&D but upon arrival, you clear passport control (for entry into the schengen zone so you won't do this at Paris) and you're airside again, there was no additional security check like with most airports. The airside area is relatively easy to navigate and not too much walking between gates, it's a small airport compared to CDG and YYZ. Nice airport though, and you'll like FI too!
Have a safe trip, shame you can't spend longer in Iceland on the stop over!
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3440 times:
IIRC they have a 20 minutes minimum conntecting time in KEF so you should be more than fine.
You will need to pass Schengen Immigration in KEF by the way. Bags are checked through though and will pass Schengen customs at your final destination once you exit the baggage hall.
SRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 989 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
I've never actually connected in KEF, but it's always my start point/end point when travelling abroad and I can tell you that 1+ hour is more than enough there. In fact, if you had a 30 min connection I would still say you shouldn't worry.
Also, in the case of a delay, if you arrive in KEF earlier than 15 minutes after your next flight is supposed to leave, they'll hold the following flight for you and other people connecting.
In the worst possible scenario (if you miss your flight to CDG), you shouldn't worry either. FI serve Paris 2x daily in the summer so you would just be sent on the evening flight instead and could maybe have a short break in the Blue Lagoon between flights.
Are you flying Economy or Saga Class? Not that it matters, just curious.
rwsea From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3355 times:
I've never done the connection but I have several friends who've done the SEA-KEF-AMS routing. They've all shown similar concerns but have never had any issues. I asked if it was a tough connection and the consensus is that because the airport is so small, it's a really easy connection.
novak500 From Canada, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3330 times:
Quoting planejamie (Reply 3): Have a safe trip, shame you can't spend longer in Iceland on the stop over!
Thanks Planejamie, I wish I could spend more time there are well, I wanted to get up to the NE coast but time was a limiting factor.
Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 5): Are you flying Economy or Saga Class? Not that it matters, just curious.
That's good to know about the second flight as did not show up on the scheule when i was booking. We are flying economy, the product looks pretty good and the flight segments are not long enough (for me at least) to justify paying for Saga class. We are really looking forward enjoying your country...it really looks breathtaking.