As a friendly reminder, to avoid an unnecessary coronary, I always leave myself five hours connection in any city, if at all possible - Give time for delays in immigration or whatever, and security lines. You should be aware that airport security will be very tight and rightly so (providing us with safer skies to fly in). If you have the means financially, and change fees won't set you back too much, it would be worth to stay longer at LHR
and connect more comfortably, than to worry about whether or not you will make it. This is my advice.
is by far the most horrendous experience, but sometimes you gotta give in. I learned to go by the books and give myself even 7-8 hours connection in between flights - if possible. Going through security connecting at NRT
is the next difficult task, but not impossible. Even connecting to the same airline (as in the case of NW
), going through security is an added inconvenience.
Next year, I will go through LHR
for the first time since 1981. I was a wee lad then. I will get off Aer Lingus from Dublin. and arrive into LHR
. I will plan to stay the night just so I can catch QF
30 to HKG
the next day. I'll see. I could be flying BA
at late night to HKG
. Again, I will choose 8 hour-10 hour connections (be a vigilante and defy the short connections that airlines tend to give) so as to not give myself a coronary.
Friendly advice from me to you . .. you might be able to enjoy the shops and sights in LHR
in the meantime!
Cheers! Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself!
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)