reifel
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International Transit At MAN

Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:31 pm

Hi there,

I need help from some MAN experts. Their website is not very helpful.

I am interesting in buying a ticket with VS from DUS to MCO. It's a through fare and all one ticket.
Flights are:
DUS-MAN on BD (op by LH)
MAN-MCO on VS
MCO-MAN on VS
MAN-DUS on BE

Again, this is all on one ticket, VS is using BD and BE as feeder for the german markets, although they don't codeshare.


Now I need some information about the transit in MAN.

I am in international transit in MAN. BD op by LH is arriving in Terminal 1. VS is departing Terminal 2. Is there an airside link, which would prevent me to enter UK immigration? Bags will be checked through, but I will need to collect my VS onward boarding pass in MAN. Will I need to enter UK, go landside and take the train to terminal 2? How will people without UK visa do this? or do they have any possibility for international passengers to transfer airside, i.e. with a bus? As far as I understand T1 and T2 are two different buildings.

On the return, I will arrive in T2 and need to go to T3. Same problem here. Bags will be checked through, but will I be able to remain airside and in transit without clearing UK immigration? and if so, then does BE have airside transfer desks to receive my onward boarding pass?

Thank you for your thoughts about this. The MAN airport website is very bad showing possible flight connection options.
 
HT
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RE: International Transit At MAN

Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:22 am

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
As far as I understand T1 and T2 are two different buildings.

Yes.

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
Is there an airside link, which would prevent me to enter UK immigration?

No.

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
Will I need to enter UK, go landside and take the train to terminal 2?

There is no train. Once landside there is a elevated walkway fully enclosed leading from T1 to the Railway Station. Above that, stay on the same level, turn left, pass the Radisson and you will arrive at T2. Even with the aid of moving walkways allow 10 minutes for the walk from T1 to T2 door to door.

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
How will people without UK visa do this?

No option.
The same was true before at LHR. Checking in at HAJ, back in the times when BA still opearted HAJ - LHR I have witnessed a poor guy having a paid-for ticket to some airport in Nigeria being turned away for not having a U.K. transit visa.

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
On the return, I will arrive in T2 and need to go to T3. Same problem here. Bags will be checked through, but will I be able to remain airside and in transit without clearing UK immigration? and if so, then does BE have airside transfer desks to receive my onward boarding pass?

The treck from T2 (via T1) to T3 is even worse.
Upon entering T1, signage to T3 is less than optimal (for route) as waiting times for elevators appear to be long.
Once you are on ground level of T1, you are outside the building with the foot path to T3 meandering along the building, covered but not fully enclosed - so you are very much exposed to the elements minus some protection from rain.
Once approaching T3, there is a convenience store on Ground Floor open 24/7. It is recommended to stock up supplies there as it is considerably cheaper there than airside.
For the the overall trek from T2 to T3 you should allocate 20 minutes or so, door to door.


All in all, I would not accept any connection tighter than 90 to 120 minutes in each direction.
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RE: International Transit At MAN

Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:20 am

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
For the the overall trek from T2 to T3 you should allocate 20 minutes or so, door to door.

Good idea. Although I know the airport well and so I can do T3 to T2 in less than 10  


Shame you will have to go through immigration but it is never very long and the walkway to T2 from T1 is pleasant. You will need to go to the VS counter which is before security to collect your tickets - so no option than to enter the UK.
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RE: International Transit At MAN

Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:33 am

Quoting robso2 (Reply 2):
Good idea. Although I know the airport well and so I can do T3 to T2 in less than 10

Challenging as it is more than 1 km to walk ...
Every time I am around at least one of the moving walkways is in-op.
And after arrival of a popular train, masses of people can clog the elevated walkway.
Hordes of pax walking between T1 and T3 can mean backlogs at the main elevators (personally I prefer those at the eastern end ot T1's Check-in hall rather than the ones next to the elevated walkway at T1 - the latter ones are those that are signposted for the first-time traveller through MAN ...).

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
All in all, I would not accept any connection tighter than 90 to 120 minutes in each direction.

Or do you have much more time to spend between flights ?
Spotting from top level of the parking garage next to T1 could be an option to kill some time as is a visit to the airport pub on Ringway Rd (located within walking distance from T3 - about 1 km away).
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RE: International Transit At MAN

Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:48 pm

Thanks for this very detailled information. It's hard to believe that such a huge UK airport with a bunch of intercontinental destinations do require to make UK immigration in order to transfer... Thar's beyond me... I mean, one can also fly i.e. with US airways to MAN and then connect to Germany on LH, that's a regular US Airways routing...
BTW, finally the flight was not booked anyway, but nevertheless this is an interesting information.

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