The777Man
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Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:40 am

Hi!

I plan to fly thru BOM in a few months and will transfer from AI to 9W. Both flights will be international and I will have about five hours connecting time. That should be enough ? I have never been to BOM and heard that airports in India may be a bit difficult...

Thanks!

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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:18 am

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I plan to fly thru BOM in a few months and will transfer from AI to 9W. Both flights will be international and I will have about five hours connecting time. That should be enough ? I have never been to BOM and heard that airports in India may be a bit difficult...

I'd say five hours is enough - even if you had to switch between the domestic and international terminals (which is quite a b*tch..), five hours would still be enough. Airports in India can indeed be difficult; however, I don't think you'll have any problems here. Also, while Indian airports might be difficult, it is a plus that they aren't overcrowded (yet) - even if there are a billion+ Indians, only a tiny fraction of them flies, although it is of course rapidly rising. To be honest, in terms of experiencing problems connecting, I'd take BOM over LHR or FRA anytime.

I had 5-6 hours at BOM back in December 06, and I spent it roaming around the airport area - there is N O T H I N G at the airport itself; a few coffee stalls and a couple of poorly stocked shops, and that's it. Don't get yourself stucked behind the passport control five hours before your flight, unless you have lounge access (and that not to AI's lounge at BOM.... quite a joke..). There's a Le Meridien hotel (IIRC) just off the airport, with a very nice restaurant and pleasant pool area; I spent my time there (you can walk there in 5 min) - and you see a lot of India just on this short walk; traffic chaos, various street vendors, cows, street children, maybe even the odd snake charmer - what's wonderful is that even though many people are really poor, you are absolutely safe always.

Have a nice trip,

Kevin777  Smile
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:53 pm

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 1):
I had 5-6 hours at BOM back in December 06, and I spent it roaming around the airport area - there is N O T H I N G at the airport itself; a few coffee stalls and a couple of poorly stocked shops, and that's it. Don't get yourself stucked behind the passport control five hours before your flight, unless you have lounge access (and that not to AI's lounge at BOM.... quite a joke..). There's a Le Meridien hotel (IIRC) just off the airport, with a very nice restaurant and pleasant pool area; I spent my time there (you can walk there in 5 min) - and you see a lot of India just on this short walk; traffic chaos, various street vendors, cows, street children, maybe even the odd snake charmer - what's wonderful is that even though many people are really poor, you are absolutely safe always.

Have a nice trip,

Glad you enjoyed the walk to Le Meridien, Kevin....you must have been lucky to spot a snake charmer on that stretch of road.... smile 

The777Man, if you are connecting from one int'l flight to another, I don't know if you will be able to step out of the airport....unless you have a transit visa....anyway, you can certainly find a nice, quite corner and relax...five hours will be a long time and more than enough to connect..... smile 
 
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:01 am

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 2):
Glad you enjoyed the walk to Le Meridien, Kevin....you must have been lucky to spot a snake charmer on that stretch of road....

he he he all right, there was no snake charmer that day, but there might as well had been!  Smile Quite a contrast to step inside the Meridien! Love it..!

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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:10 am

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 3):
he he he all right, there was no snake charmer that day, but there might as well had been! Quite a contrast to step inside the Meridien! Love it..!

If you step a little off the road, I'm sure you might encounter some snakes....and they're not likely to be charmers Big grin
 
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:29 am

Thanks again for the info!

I will connect from AI to 9W and was wondering if 9W will have a transit/check in counter in the transit area so that I can check in for my flight ? The idea is to not have a visa....

Thanks!

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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:39 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I will connect from AI to 9W and was wondering if 9W will have a transit/check in counter in the transit area so that I can check in for my flight ? The idea is to not have a visa....

Are you inbound on AI international flight and outbound on 9W International ? If you are in the same terminal, there should be no problem .. Be prepared to spend a few hours by yourself.. There is a nice lounge run by the Oberoi hotel where you can get drinks and decent grub.. Also, you can get internet access for like 10 dollars tops.

I would not venture out especially since this is in the fag end of the monsoon season.

I would not worry too much about it although it wont be a Changi experience
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The777Man
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:07 am

Yes, it's from an AI Intl flight to an 9W Intl flight. That should be easy ? So I will be able to check in with 9W in the transit area ?

No, I'm not expecting a Changi experience...just being able to do it.

Thanks!

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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:29 am

While we're on the topic, can anyone tell me how good are the duty free shops at BOM for liqour purchases? On arrival from an int'l flight, can you purchase duty free liqour before clearing customs? Would the BOM customs charge duty on such purchases...? Any help appreciated..... smile 
 
mahan
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:01 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Yes, it's from an AI Intl flight to an 9W Intl flight. That should be easy ? So I will be able to check in with 9W in the transit area ?

Interesting question.. I dont know for sure . I checked http://csia.in/travellers.asp#int.

AI is in 2C and 9W is in 2A. Though they are in the same building, not sure if there is a common transit area. Although, I have seen int'l transit passenger signs in BOM and pretty sure there is an arrangement.

Any other A.netters know ?

I would also call 9W's call center to confirm.
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RE: Transit At BOM T2; A Few Questions

Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:39 pm

Thanks for the help!

Yes, I'll call 9W to make sure.

Take Care

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