bpat777
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BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:43 pm

A coworker of mine is flying IAD-LHR on BA #216 and connecting to EK #8 LHR-DXB next month. Will BA at IAD allow her to check her bag all the way to DXB on EK? Her connection time in LHR is 2 hrs and since its a terminal change she's worried about missing her EK flight. Any thoughts or suggestions?
 
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:47 pm

As long as the flight is on the same ticket number as the BA flight, BA in IAD Will thru check the luggage, and if there are any delays, BA will rebook her.

If it is on 2 tickets (one BA and one EK) then bags will only be tagged to London and BA's contract ends with arrival into Heathrow.
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:52 pm

A 2 hour connection is tight even without checked luggage since they have to take the bus transfer and then go through a ticket check and security which all take time. If she has to collect her bags and go through immigration, it will be extrodinarily tight. Fortunately EK is somewhat flexible and has multiple operations if she misses the connection. If she misses the flight, they'll probably rebook her on the next flight without problem if there are seats.
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:58 pm

Is the option still available to get a later flight out of LHR just to be safe?
I have done the terminal change before and the signs advising how long it will take if you board an incorrect transfer bus are mostly accurate, so if this is their first time through LHR it is better to be safe rather than sorry, no need to spoil the makings of a good trip with a tight connection.
 
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:02 pm

So the transfer bus wont drop her off post security once it reaches Terminal 3?
 
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:06 pm

Quoting bpat777 (Reply 4):

So the transfer bus wont drop her off post security once it reaches Terminal 3?

It is airside, but there's still a security check.
 
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RE: BA To EK Connection At LHR

Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:07 pm

I agree with above posters...having done terminal changes several times at LHR....with checked luggage, plan on at least 1.5 hours minimum.

Murphy's law states that you will have to transfer from the furthest possible arrival gate from your new departure gate! Godspeed!

Or you can pray from some nice tailwinds for your BA flight to arrive early.
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