Enough time for transit Bangkok to RGN?
Replies: 48 - Last Post: Jan 17, 2013 7:53 PM Last Post By: hilron
Jun 4, 2012 3:32 PM
15I would assume that if you do not have checked luggage and if you have printed out your boarding pass for your Air Asia flight, you could stay inside the secure area, just following signs for transit. In that case, 2 hours might be do-able. If you have to exit through immigration and check in at the Air Asia desk, then re-enter, it would be very tight, indeed. And remember that if you miss your Air Asia flight for any reason - even if it is the fault of Air Asia, you have to buy a new ticket at the current (much higher) price.
Jun 4, 2012 3:58 PM
16My post was based on the assumption your average person will have check-in luggage and, based on my past experiences of having to go through customs and collecting my bags and going through again (I have done this twice as they did not allow me to check my bags through these two times), 2 hours is plenty of time.
Given the flight arrives on time, it should take you no longer than 30 minutes (if there is a CF) to get through customs, then another 10 minutes or so to collect your bags(IF one has bags). As for checkign in agian, the longest I've waited during a major CF was 45 minutes, and they do allow people to cut through to the front if their flights are leaving shortly.
Just do it.
Jun 4, 2012 4:02 PM
17@Hilron. Try to find out if there is a check-in counter of AirAsia in the transit area (level 4). I made a transfer from AMS to BKK with KLM and then from BKK to RGN with MAI without leaving the transit area. Just took the escalator from the 2nd to the 4th floor. There was a one line security check but hardly a queue. It only took me a couple of minutes to get trough. Got my boarding pass for the Yangon flight at the MAI counter at level 4 in the transit area.
Jun 4, 2012 4:10 PM
Jun 4, 2012 5:48 PM
Jun 4, 2012 7:05 PM
Jun 4, 2012 7:10 PM
212 hours for a International Connection requiring you go thru Immigration/Customs regardless of carry on luggage, then you have to check in for flight, which at Air Asia for a International Departure, like most airlines, closes the Check in 45 minutes prior to departure. You then have to clear Passport Control/Security to get back in the gate area, so if you plane lands on time, the que is normal in Immigration, say 30-45 minutes, and then check in at Air Asia ( 45 minutes) then clear Security (30-45 minutes). Not to mention many of the gates here are very far from the main terminal, and many airlines run shuttles to the planes on the tarmac parked in far away areas at the airport. UGGHH
4 hour layover would soothe my nerves, 3 hours minimum.
Jun 5, 2012 12:57 AM
22Ocra is talking about transiting wtih different international airlines...not budget carriers...as with most places certain major airlines have partners etc and yeah you can Transit....you are talking about using Airasia and you can't transit with them from another International Airline....
as Cassie says.....if you dont have checked luggage and have your printed boarding pass you might be able to stay in the Transit area...but I am pretty sure you wont, and as mentioned above would likely still have to go out of Arrivals and then to an Airasia desk in the Departures area to have your documents checked before going back in thru Immigration...??
Try it and find out...I for one will have a good laugh if I hear you missed your flight/s...most people here seem to be saying it is not worth the risk.
Jun 5, 2012 12:57 AM
Confused yet Hilron? If not give us a little more time. The real question is DO YOU HAVE TO go through immigration - yes? If you Do (as I felt sure you did) then I feel you are taking a real risk, one that you would normally get away with but!
If SH at No.22 is correct then worst fears could well be proven. I support what he says here and I never found his advice wanting. If there is and Air Asia desk in the transit area then No.18 may well have saved your bacon. Let us know, information is precious.
For the record I know what other posts say and said about hold luggage. My point was that if we all read the OP properly then the point about check in would be irrelevant. Confusion, confusion, confusion.
Jun 5, 2012 1:12 AM
24Brax...the Q is also whether you still need to go to Check-In even if you dont have to check baggage in....IE....if you still need to have your DOCUMENTS checked...??? I suspect you still do, as you have arrived in one country from another, and are leaving that country again to another intenational destination...the signs at the Airasia Check-ins are 'Document Check/Baggage drop'...to me that indicates still having to get your documents checked.?
Jun 5, 2012 1:30 AM
Jun 5, 2012 1:38 AM
26@ Hilron #21
I am not sure for the return flight. I had a lot of transfer time and stayed overnight in Bangkok.
You have to be sure that you can get your boarding pass for your connecting flight in the (international) transfer area. Guess you have to check that out if your airline has a desk there. I am not sure about KLM but I saw counters for regional SE Asian airlines.
Jun 5, 2012 2:16 AM
27Irrespective of the luggage question (my error) I still believe 2 hours is too tight. Personally I would be worried-what if there is a slight delay in your incoming? My next flights are through, with TG-LHR/BKK/RGN, and a 2 hour connection in transit and that imho is tight enough.As has been said-if you miss your AA flight it will cost big bucks to buy a new ticket. If you were booked straight through on TG and,due to a delay,you missed the connection they would put you on the next plane (or code share) at no extra cost and look after you F&B wise if the delay is considerable.
It all comes down to cost, so calculator out....
Jun 5, 2012 2:58 AM
Jun 5, 2012 3:06 AM
Like I said my point was specific. If you do not need to collect luggage. i.e you need not check in luggage. One post misses the fact that OP has no luggage to check in and then it continues on with many comments about luggage, retrieving it etc.
Picking part of a post is not really the done thing. If read properly the whole topic is quite clear. I will in future explain every little tiny thing for the pendants.
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