Theunclesam From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3444 times:
I will be taking a flight in the near future from ORD - MAN - LHR. Looks like I'll be doing BA Flt 5108 (I think it's really AA) to MAN, then BA flt 1389 to LHR. As this is my first time traveling internationally, I would have to say I'm a bit nervous (Even if I am going to a country where they speak my native language..well...mostly )
My question is, if I have one carry-on, and one bag stowed under the aircraft (checked!), what kind of hassle am I looking at MAN? Will all go smooth as silk, or will I be arriving in LHR without my clothes?
My arrival and departure at MAN is all in Terminal 3, So I assume that shouldn't be too bad. But then again, this is my first international trip, and I have no experience to go from. I would appreciate any tips, advice, etc. on this from anyone on the board. I am a long time reader, and this is only my second post on the forums. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3313 times:
You should be fine, MAN can just about cope with that transfer! BA and AA are both OneWorld alliance partners and handle many transfer bags via MAN daily. Have a good trip, interesting to see someone route via MAN to LHR on AA for a change!
Just to add, Manchester T3 is very compact so your transfer should be really straightforward.
Airgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3304 times:
Think of it this way.. if there were huge baggage transfer problems in MAN onto flights to LHR you most likely would have heard something. So basicly; the chances are you're going to be fine. And even if something does go wrong- which is most likely won't- the airline will most likely make accomidates and arrangements to make sure you get your baggage promptly.
Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2160 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
If you are transitting anywhere, then MAN is one of the better European airports. Don't expect the same treatment travellers get in USA, it is far more polite and easy over there. I use MAN all the time for travels to Europe. LHR will be somewhat different, and when you arrive in LHR be very carful looking for the signs in T1, especially for baggage claim etc, the corridors are very small and cramped.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2161 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3150 times:
Manchester is a real cinch to get around. You'll arrive early in the morning and I guarantee that T3 customs and baggage claim will be deserted when you get to the passport control desk. As Col said, staff at the airport aren't surly and international visitors are actually welcomed (imagine that!)
Before you land in Manchester, American Airlines usually shows a short arrivals video that explains the immigration and transfer procedures at MAN.
The only that bothers me about MAN is the overhead signage in all the terminals. It's written in this rounded, fluffy-looking script that would look more appropriate in a nursery.
DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
I really doubt you'll have any problems at MAN with baggage, immigration, customs or anything else. Unless that is you're trying to smuggle a Peruvian Swamp Adder or something
How long is your transfer? If you get time, take the 10-15 minute walk from T3 to the viewing gallery on level 13 of the Terminal 1 car park. Here you can see lots and there are holes in the fence to photo through.
ZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1083 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
My 2 cents: Since you are on a-net, I am sure you will just enjoy your first long haul trip! You know, if you are unsure about something at MAN, just ask somebody! Most people at airports are very helpful...
Have a great trip, enjoy, and I am looking forward to your trip report!