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User currently offlinePA006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 160 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Hi London experts,

I will be flying into LHR on a BA flight from CDG arriving at T4.
Need to connect to a VS flight leaving T3.
I probably will not have checked baggage.

Is there anything I should beware of?
Will there be a VS checkin counter airside?


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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

After you disembark, look out for the 'Flight Connections' sign and follow it.

Being a GB resident I've not done it, but feel sure you'll find somebody from VS along the way!

Minimum Connection Time from T4 to T3 is 90 minutes!

Bon Voyages!

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User currently offlineMNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

if u will not have anychecked baggage, or if your baggage will be delived directly at your destination its very simple.

IV done it fron T4 to T1 but thing should be basically the same.

when u get off the airbridge u go into a tunnel that brings you to the main terminal area. from there u must floolw the sighns for transfer. this should lead you to a double escalotor. one is for the T1-T2 transfers the other for the T3-T3 transfers. from there im guessing u have to get ona bus to get to the terminal. atleast thats wut i did for my connection. then when u get to T3 there are little maps that tell the location of each gate relative to where you are and it also tells the estimated time until you reach the gate. i hope this helps.


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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

T4 is a bit far from T1-2-3 there will be a 10min bus ride

Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Allow plenty of time. My experience is that 90 minutes is not really enough. The bus signs show you through the way, but the delay is at the flight connections centre (FCC), I've often spent up to 30 minutes in the security lines. Security is at the FCC and you have to clear that before being able to check-in for onward flights if not already done so. I can't imagine that BA/VS will allow through check-in given the way they don't get on! I'd say allow at least 2 hours for your connection. My many experiences have shown that it's about 20 minutes transit time T4-FCC, about 40 mins at the FCC, then another 20 Mins to get FCC-T3. Add also the time to get to/from the gates on at the terminals, which can be substaintial at sprawling LHR.

User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

I can't imagine that BA/VS will allow through check-in given the way they don't get on!

Not getting on, is a myth created and develpoed by the media! Both are highly respected and professional airlines.

I probably will not have checked baggage

If your flights are not on the same ticket, BA may not do a through check-in, but likely to do so if there is no baggage involved.

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User currently offlineAlgoz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

If you have baggage and are connecting from BA to another airline on a separate ticket, they will not thru-check your bags. Quite how they align this with "excellent customer service" escapes me.
Whilst they have no legal obligation to do so, it is the industry standard accepted practice to do this for your customers. Many of our customers faced recently with this problem have said they will change to BD in future. I feel it may be a ploy by BA to persuade customers to use BA for their entire journey, and whilst this is understandable, I think it could back-fire long term.

User currently offlineGlobeTrekker From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 851 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

I always try to check pax through whenever possible, even if they have separate tickets with different airlines.
KLM is not legally obligated to do so, but it is minimum effort for me and maximum convenience for the pax.
And if the "other airline" allows (I)TCI, (Interhost)Through Check In, I'll print boardingpasses for all segments. And if not the least you can do is send the baggage all the way through.

For instance: just 2 weeks ago I had a pax traveling from Aruba to AMS on KL, AMS-LHR on BD, and LHR-HKG on CX. When I entered his onward destinations it was BINGO! Checked all the way through to HKG and issued all boarding passes for all segments.


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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2142 times:

Good stuff! It's wonderful what computers can do, when you actually want them to do it!

However, with the above example - when the pax arrives in HKG and his bag is not on the carousel, which carrier is responsible for the loss? A, B, or C?

I'm all in favour of through check-in for pax with one ticket and no baggage, but feel that the restriction where baggage is concerned, on separate tickets, is an IATA rule, not a specific airline, like BA.

It could have changed!

PA006 has indicated that he will probably have no checked baggage.

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User currently offlineAeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 2114 times:

I'm flying VS from SFO to LHR, and then AF from LHR to CDG later in September, will VS check our bags through, even through it's different tickets, and can anyone confirm terminal locations for VS and AF at Heathrow, and the transfer drill?

User currently offlineGustyOrange From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2094 times:


Virgin use T3, AF are T2.

It's a much easier connection than 4 to 3 as 1, 2 and 3 are located together in the central area.

I don't know about checking your bags through.

Hope this helps.


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