dptMAN
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Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:49 am

Hey All,
Im due to fly Brisbane to Manchester (UK) return on Etihad via Abu Dhabi, i was wondering firstly whatthe service is like and also what the proceures for connections ar at Abu Dhabi. I have only ever flown EK via DXB or SQ via SIN to the UK from Australia.
Any comments will be appreciated.
Many Thanks
dptMAN
 
stylo777
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:55 am

the airport is small and only a few shops and restaurants. it is ok for 1.5hrs, but not more...

I don't want to promote my report, but I did a connection at AUH one week ago, so take a look to the trip reports section and search for my report.
 
dptMAN
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:29 am

So when you arrive in AUH you have to go to a transfer desk and check in for the connecting flight, is this correct?
 
TruemanQLD
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:51 am

I was about to ask the same about BNE-MUC with EY
 
JoeCanuck
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:28 am

If you're not changing airlines for any part of your trip, you should be able to get all your boarding passes from where you first depart.

I like AUH. I just went through there a couple of days ago. It is now much too small for the amount of traffic it now has but it is a charming place...with the exception of the toilets...definitely underserviced in that area.

The duty free area isn't the largest but they have a good variety. By now, we all should have learned that most duty free shops are a scam. I know that in AUH, for many items the prices are significantly higher inside the airport than out. That being said, booze and smokes are reasonably priced.

It also has the most attractive terminal I've ever seen.
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PEET7G
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:36 am

As for the service on EY I think you will find it exceptionally good. They still keep on track with the company focus of serving passengers the 5 star way. For your trip the only downside might be AUH which is a bit overcrowded at peak periods and the airport facilities can leave question marks, but for a short transit period you'll be fine. I agree with the comments on the toilets, however I did get to do my needs in far worse conditions at many other middle-east airports. So I wouldn't say anything bad about AUH, time simply moved by it and it simply fades in the glamour of big hub airports. I think the flying experience on EY is worth the trip.

Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 4):
I know that in AUH, for many items the prices are significantly higher inside the airport than out.

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gffgold
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:12 am

Aus-Europe will be fine, but a word of warning for travellers to SE Asia at AUH.

EY flights to places like CGK and MNL are slave-ship services for importing migrant labour into the UAE. In fairness, on board the a/c all passengers on flights I have used were treated equally well, with good service overall. However... flights to certain Asian destinations depart from a dank and dingy section of gates back from the main circular terminal. There are no airbridges and pax are herded like cattle onto overcrowded buses by extremely rude staff. I was quite disgusted by it all.
 
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:53 am

The prices you pay at the airport are very good for a few thing, though, at least when compared to the rest of the world. The last time I bought jewellery at the airport, I think I paid about 15% more than the current market price of gold. This means you get all the workmanship for, essentially, nothing. The middle east is still a great place to buy precious metals and jewels...even at the airport.

I just flew with EY from BKK...very nice...much better than emirates. 9 across in y, big screens, good food and service. Quite comfy all around.
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ronerone
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:34 pm

DptMAN,

As you will be arriving from BNE at 23:45 to connect to your MAN flight at 02:15, please be advised that you will be experiencing AUH in the midst of its daily peak period where many EY flights depart and arrive at this time, in addition to the Europeans and SQ that also operate around the same period.

The small satellite at AUH will be crowded. People will be everywhere, sleeping on seats, floors etc. This will be especially the case if you are to travel during this month, which is high season here.

Keep your fingers crossed that your flight to MAN will not be delayed. This is because of the runway curfew that is currently enforced at AUH between 3:30AM and 7:30AM daily (for runway works).

As for EY's service, generally they have a good offering, with modern equipment.

Enjoy your trip!

Regards,
Roni
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dptMAN
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:40 am

Thanks Roni.
Will i get my boarding passes checked all the way to MAN from BNE. Ive been reading trip reorts and many give the impression that with a connecting flight you must visit a transit desk! Im a little confussed.
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:48 am



Quoting DptMAN (Reply 9):

There's no need to visit the transfer desk if you have all of your boarding passes already. The transfer desk thing usually happens if you're switching airlines and they are unable to access the other system from your point of origin.
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ronerone
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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:09 am

Quoting DptMAN (Reply 9):
Thanks Roni.
Will i get my boarding passes checked all the way to MAN from BNE. Ive been reading trip reorts and many give the impression that with a connecting flight you must visit a transit desk! Im a little confussed.
dptMAN

This would depend on when ADAS (ground handlers at AUH) open the flight. Usually the flight is opened up about 24 hours prior to departure however, consideration is given to those passengers connecting on flights that may begin their journey well before 24 hours.

Usually you should not have a problem, and its only common sense that you are to recieve all your boarding passes at your point of origin (BNE). However, if not, then you should, as stated here, proceed directly to the transfer desk.

Regards,
Roni

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RE: Connecting In Abu Dhabi With Etihad

Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:42 am

The airport feels like the entrance to a disneyland ride. flew MAN-AUH-BKK and bk.apart from delayed flights, frozen lettuce in sandwich and tech problem with the AUH-BKK plane, the service is good. good size PTV
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