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Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:14 pm

Hello everyone.

On the 15th of March I am travelling from Tehran to London (Heathrow) via Vienna. My Austrian Airlines flight arrives two and a half hours before my United flight departs for LAX. Is this enough time to disembark, collect luggage, clear customs, transfer terminals (not sure if I have to, would appreciate any information), check in, clear customs and make it to the gate in time. Both United and Austrian agree that it is enough time (just) although I am not so sure. If I miss the flight to LAX, I will miss my connecting flight to SYD. I was just wondering what you think as I do not know Heathrow that well. Are delays common? I would greatly accept any opinions.
Thankyou.

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:42 pm

You'll arrive at terminal 2 and depart from terminal 3.

According to the BAA site it takes about an hour if your bags are checked all the way through. Obviously it'll be longer if you want to collect your bags and then check them in again.

"Connecting from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3
Your connection will take approximately 60 minutes, from landing to departure gate. On arrival, head for the Flight Connections Centre, go through customs and security and pass by our airline desks. Take a coach to Terminal 3 and your departure gate."

The BAA site isn't very good for links.

Got to BAA.com
Go to "Airport information" tag
Then "Flying into Heathrow" on the left
Then "Connecting passengers"
Then the link to "Flight Connections Centre"
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:50 pm

Quoting Qantas747300 (Thread starter):
On the 15th of March I am travelling from Tehran to London (Heathrow) via Vienna. My Austrian Airlines flight arrives two and a half hours before my United flight departs for LAX. Is this enough time to disembark, collect luggage, clear customs, transfer terminals (not sure if I have to, would appreciate any information), check in, clear customs and make it to the gate in time. Both United and Austrian agree that it is enough time (just) although I am not so sure. If I miss the flight to LAX, I will miss my connecting flight to SYD.

Not really related to the subject on LHR transfer; I'm just really curious: You are flying THR-VIE-LHR-LAX-SYD? I know you're an a.netter!, but still, isn't it a lot easier (and maybe cheaper) to go the other way, say with EK? Or is it to redeem (or earn!) a lot of Star-miles?? Just curious!

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:56 pm

Thank you oly720man for the fantastic information; i would never have found that.

Sounds like 2.5 hours is fine. I just hope that Austrian is not late.

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:42 pm

Quoting Qantas747300 (Reply 3):
Thank you oly720man for the fantastic information; i would never have found that.

No problem. Hope you have a good time on the rtw trip. Should get some good memories and photos.
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:21 am

I flew VIE-LHR-IAD in October, arriving at Term 1 on Tyrolean and leaving from Term 3. There were two (!) security checks, a crowded bus ride, and throngs of people - the airport's fault - as well as a long unexplained delay - the airline's fault.

I can't say I'll never do it again, but I do my best to avoid LHR. The other hubs (AMS, FRA, CDG) are much easier and less gloomy. And I'll think twice about UA also.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:44 am

LHR is totally a nightmare these days. I have to go there to connect to UA but Im seriously considering going Via FRA!! I know its a bit futher but the hassle of Heathrow isnt worth it anymore. I try to fly Swiss Via ZRH now and also LOT Via WAW.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:51 am

2,5h is more than enough. And you can send your luggage all the way through and you dont have to go through neither baggage claims, custom or immigration.

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 5):
I flew VIE-LHR-IAD in October, arriving at Term 1 on Tyrolean and leaving from Term 3. There were two (!) security checks,...
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This is quite funny. Depending on which terminal you transfer between is the different number of security screening you have to go through. If you go from T3 to T1 do you have to go through 1, while travelling for T1 domestic to T3, NONE!
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:51 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
LHR is totally a nightmare these days. I have to go there to connect to UA but Im seriously considering going Via FRA!! I know its a bit futher but the hassle of Heathrow isnt worth it anymore. I try to fly Swiss Via ZRH now and also LOT Via WAW.

As a former resident (6 years!) of WAW I can't imagine many instances where one would connect there to fly to the US (if that's why you would use UA).

ZRH is a lovely airport to frequent.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:15 am

Hi no I use WAW for LCA and ATH connections and I find it great and LOT in C class on the E170 is very nice indeed.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:25 am

Quoting Qantas747300 (Thread starter):
check in, clear customs and make it to the gate in time.

Just so you're aware, you don't have to clear customs twice. You only do it once, if you're entering the country. In Terminal 3, you just check-in, then clear security and you're airside and good to go.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:41 am

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 2):
Not really related to the subject on LHR transfer; I'm just really curious: You are flying THR-VIE-LHR-LAX-SYD? I know you're an a.netter!, but still, isn't it a lot easier (and maybe cheaper) to go the other way, say with EK? Or is it to redeem (or earn!) a lot of Star-miles?? Just curious!

Kevin777

Hi Kevin777,
My original itinerary did not include THR although I would really like a trip on a 707, 727 and TU-154. With this said, I wanted to do the trip without spending a lot. I was offered companion tickets with UA hence my trip half way across the world to get home; a much cheaper option for me. OOL-SYD-LAX-LHR-MAD-TFN-MAD-LHR-VIE-THR-VIE-LHR-LAX-SYD-BNE only set me back just over $3000. I am really looking forward to the trip as I will see the US as well, even if it is only for the day. Are there any "must do's" in LAX that could be done in less than a day?

Thanks again all.

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:48 am

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 7):
If you go from T3 to T1 do you have to go through 1, while travelling for T1 domestic to T3, NONE!

Thats because ALL UK airports are operating to DeTR (UK's version of the TSA) security standards, so the screening you receive at a UK domestic airport is satisfactory even for the l/haul transfer.

Security standards at other non-uk airports cannot be relied upon to be up to UK standards hence the extra security checks for people arriving from outside the UK.

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:09 pm

Security at LHR is very tight. Only one carry on per person and they are so strict about that. I remember I flew BA JFK-LHR-CAI on 12/19/06, and when I was in LHR we had to go through security either way becuase if there is a connecting flight, you still have to clear security in LHR. However since I had 6 hours in London, I figured I would go out for a while. I saw a woman with a purse and a bookbag and the security agents made her put her purse in the bookbag. Try to limit youself to one carry on. And.. from what Ive seen, every time I have flown into LHR and I have done that a lot.. flights are delayed to land and have to circle in a holding pattern for 1/2 an hour and flights outbound run 1/2 hour late. Ah well, its not so bad.
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting Qantas747300 (Reply 3):
I just hope that Austrian is not late.

those Austrians are sticklers for punctuality - after all VIE has one of the shortest allowable connecting times of any airport due in part to their very efficient organization and OS's overall reliability.

Even if there's a delay, a 2.5 hours transfer time at LHR has plenty of padding in it.

Just don't judge LHR too harshly after the dreamy transfer at VIE! Remember T5 is ahead of schedule and coming shortly!

You shouldn't have to worry about collecting your bags either - they could be tagged in THR all the way to LAX if you want, especially as both OS and UA are *A...

Quoting Qantas747300 (Reply 11):
Are there any "must do's" in LAX that could be done in less than a day?

Have a DoubleDouble burger at In'n'Out at the LAX northern threshold!

The J.P.Getty museums in Malibu or Brentwood are both great if you're into that - otherwise Venice Beach is a more bohemian thing altogether...

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:16 pm

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 7):
while travelling for T1 domestic to T3, NONE!



Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 12):
Thats because ALL UK airports are operating to DeTR (UK's version of the TSA) security standards, so the screening you receive at a UK domestic airport is satisfactory even for the l/haul transfer.

Sorry completely incorrect..............

At LHR any passenger on a transfer, no matter domestic or international or between the two HAS to pass through security screening.
A domestic passenger at T1 has to walk the long walkway to flight connections then pass through security before being allowed into the Flight Connection Centre to be able to catch the bus to T3
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:44 pm

Quoting SapphireLHR (Reply 15):
A domestic passenger at T1 has to walk the long walkway to flight connections then pass through security before being allowed into the Flight Connection Centre to be able to catch the bus to T3

Wrong. I've done this connection a number of times having studied in Edinburgh for 3 years, in addition to several trips to Belfast last year and I have never had to go to security when arriving at T1 from either BHD or EDI and transfering to T3. All they checked at the end of the long walkway was passport and boarding pass before geting on the bus to T3
 
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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:02 pm

Quoting Qantas747300 (Reply 11):
OOL-SYD-LAX-LHR-MAD-TFN-MAD-LHR-VIE-THR-VIE-LHR-LAX-SYD-BNE only set me back just over $3000

Wow! That is some trip for 3000 USD! Congrats!

Quoting Qantas747300 (Reply 11):
Are there any "must do's" in LAX that could be done in less than a day?

As someone already noted, there is the In'n'out burger at LAX with some good spotting. But IMO the burgers are overrated! (I'm gonna be really unpopular now..). Also, there is a bar, I think it's called SkyBar or something, at LAX, in this world-famous space-aircraft structure in the middle of LAX. I never visited it, but supposedly it should be very cool at night, sitting there with a drink and looking at all the lights all across the airport (you have an excellent view).

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:39 pm

I will have to try out in 'n' out burger. Is this the place where the great LAX photos are taken that are on the database?

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RE: Transiting Between Airlines At LHR

Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:45 am

Dont buy any duty free liquids until you leave LAX, unless your collecting your bags and can repack it in your check in.

They wont let anyone connect flights carrying liquids... even if yo bought it duty free at a previous airport and havent left security.
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