milan320
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Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:43 am

I did a search on this topic, but i couldn't find anything.
On Friday, I will be flying YUL-MUC-CPH-Linkoping (Sweden).
I've got only 45 minutes to make the connection in MUC. Both the YUL-MUC and MUC-CPH are LH flights (not an AC flight). Apparently, I arrive at terminal 2 in MUC. What terminal does LH serve from for european flights? Having never been to the airport in MUC, is 45 minutes enough time to make this connection, given I have to go through passport control (at least I can use the EU line given that I also have an EU passport - but then again that could be just as long as the non-EU line)? There's a later flight in case I miss it, but then, I'm cutting it a little bit close (an hour or so) in CPH for my continuing flight to Linkoping (and there is only one per day).
What's MUC like? Are there frequent delays? I know what CPH is like and I saw that MUC is up there in terms of great airports.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
/Milan320
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Fly747
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:40 am

Not sure about which terminal, but I find that there's more people in the EU line. I connected through FRA in January and used the non-EU line, because there was nobody there. When he started asking questions I showed him my EU passport and he just waved me through Big grin Works perfect.

Ivan
 
brons2
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:42 am

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 1):
When he started asking questions I showed him my EU passport and he just waved me through

Since when is Canada in the EU?
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Fly747
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:45 am

Brons2
"Since when is Canada in the EU?"

It's called dual citizenship  Wink

Ivan
 
abrelosojos
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:49 am

I strongly advice AGAINST this connection. MUC is notoriously slow - and especially if you are on a LH Cityline flight, 45 mins is way too little - and LH does NOT hold their flight. I have missed connections twice back to back. Once on LH going ZRH-MUC-ORD and the other on LH going ZAG-MUC-ORD. So beware.

PS - Before the flag bearers come out, this has just been my experience. I think FRA is much more efficient.
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munich
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:08 pm

Milan320, 45 minutes are enough. The minimum connecting time at STAR-Alliance- or LH-flights in MUC are 30 minutes. In your case youe arrive in T2 and leave T2. It would be more difficult if you have to go from T2 to T1, but this is not necessary on STAR- and LH-flights.

MUC, especially T2 is wellknown for its short connecting times. This was one of the reasons for the good ranking in the Skytrax awards, where MUC is the 4th in the world and the 1st in Europe.

Abrelosojos is wrong. FRA isn't more efficient. The minimum connecting time at FRA is 45 minutes. I don't know what was his problem, but it was surely not normal.
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abrelosojos
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:38 pm

As I said, it was my experience. Good luck and let us know how your trip went. Bon Voyage, A.
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kevin
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:32 pm

I was transiting through Munich on my way from SFO to malaysia in march. Wasn't too impressed. MUC seems to be one of those "not much to do" airports.
 
konrad
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:37 pm

You will do just fine.

Since both flights are LH you will be staying in Terminal 2, nice and new. If your incoming flight is late (say 15-30 minutes late), you will be met at the gate by an escort displaying the name of your destination on a banner. He/she will take care of you and deliver you to your gate or directly to the aircraft in case it is departing from a field parking position.

I just made a 30 minutes connection in MUC which turned out to be 20 minutes because of a slight delay. It involved clearing immigration into Schengen area.
 
mario340
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:41 pm

@ Abrelosojos

you said, LH does NOT hold their flights. This is NOT true. It always depends. If they know that they had to wait for a connecting passenger for more than 20 minutes and everybody else is on board and there's another flight to the next destination in 1 or 2 hours, they usually won't wait. It wouldn't make any sense.

I always experience waiting for LH-passengers. And what really works fine is the direct transfer if it's really short like Konrad said.

Both, Lufthansa and Munich airport are doing a great job!

Mario
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milan320
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RE: Connecting In Munich

Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:39 am

Quoting Konrad (Reply 8):
If your incoming flight is late (say 15-30 minutes late), you will be met at the gate by an escort displaying the name of your destination on a banner. He/she will take care of you and deliver you to your gate or directly to the aircraft in case it is departing from a field parking position.

This only happened to me in WAW a few times with a connecting flight ... this was nice on the part of LOT. If it's like that at MUC or generally with LH (given the circumstances) then that's nice too. I guess it all depends though also on how many people are making the connection.

Thanks everyone for all the advice. I guess in the end it's a legal connection or else they wouldn't be selling it.

Cheers!
/Milan320
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