Hjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 857 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
FLIGHT 2545 was diverted from landing at CDG and landed in LIL today.. Passengers are taking a bus connector from Lille to Paris. I don't really understand how they were able to do this since most of the passengers (outbound from Moscow) are Russian and therefore do not have a schengen visa. Lille also doesn't have FIS facilities so I don't know how that was settled. Interesting how Airfrance.us shows that there was a connector flight, but in reality passengers are taking a bus.
Hjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 857 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1654 times:
Well what I meant was that some Russian nationals aren't flying to france as their final destination, and they are just transferring at CDG, at which point they would not need a visa to do so as long as they don't leave international areas.
I don't think LIL has FIS for non-schengen, the fact that Delta used to fly there doesn't mean they still have the services....
Thirdly, the bus transfer had not finished although AF said that the flight had already arrived at CDG. There were two busses, but it still seems a little odd.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8338 posts, RR: 26 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1627 times:
A solution would be - have one or two customs / immigration officers accompany the bus, drive straight onto the CDG (with an escort follow me of course) airside and let the passengers out as if they had been shuttled from an aircraft remote stand to the terminal
There are flights to LIL from Varna (Bulgaria), Casablanca (Morocco), Djerba (Tunisia) so there are non-Schengen flights to LIL and said formalities. LIL would not dismantle an entire customs formalities because an airline doesn't fly there.
Quoting Hjulicher (Reply 2): Thirdly, the bus transfer had not finished although AF said that the flight had already arrived at CDG. There were two busses, but it still seems a little odd.
They could have consolidated the two buses under one 'flight' number. Not too weird, but not the norm, either. Chalk it up to sh** happening in the course of a business day.