check-in time for domestic flights - Air Asia
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 11, 2010 4:52 AM Last Post By: Irishrover
Aug 9, 2010 7:16 AM
check-in time for domestic flights - Air AsiaI'm about to book a flight with Air Asia from Chiang Mai to BKK. Later that day I have a flight from BKK - Krabi. The flight from BKK to Krabi leaves at 17:15. The flight from Chiang Mai to BKK arrives at 15:45. I noticed that Air Asia said that their check-in desk closes 1 hour before departure, they don't say if that's only for international flights or also for domestic flights. So I would have half an hour to get from the plane and check-in for the next flight. Is that enough time? Is Air Asia usually on time?
Aug 9, 2010 10:08 AM
1check in deadline is 45 minutes for domestic, and I believe 55 minutes for international.
either way you have no chance of making it even if the plane is on time and if you have checked in baggage. Even without checked in baggage, and even if the plane arrives on time, you'd need to be not unlucky when it comes to what gate it docks in, you'd need to sit near an exit, and when the door opens, run like hell.
just get an earlier CM-BKK flight. Like two hours earlier. It's not like Air Asia only flies that route once a day.
Aug 9, 2010 11:00 AM
2I know that normaly check in deadline is 45 minutes but Air Asia says their counter closes 1 hour before departure. I was wondering if that was only for international or also for domestic. If it is 45 min. prior then we would have 45 min to get from the other plane and check in for the BKK - Krabi flight. Since the CM - BKK lands an hour and a half before the BKK - Krabi departs. I haven't flown domestically before in Thailand so I'm wondering how long it takes to get from the gate to the check in tables.
Aug 9, 2010 11:16 AM
3you have no chance of making the connection. Check in deadline is 45 minutes for domestic flights. Just get an earlier flight.
try reading the terms and conditions of airlines you fly with as well before you buy a ticket. It's all in there.
we reserve the right not to allow you to check in without any liability to you and without having to refund to you any fare paid:
if you attempt to check in inside forty-five (45) minutes* before your scheduled flight departure time.
Aug 9, 2010 11:22 AM
4Agree with all the above posts. We always allow a minimum of 2hrs at a push but usually 3 or 4 if we can. I know it means hanging around the airport but it's better than missing the flight. Also it can take ages for your bags to come onto the carousel we've waited up to 45mins from an airasia flight at Bangkok.
Aug 9, 2010 1:50 PM
5Agree with others that you don't have a big enough window, so book CNX to BKK on the previous flight to the one planned.
" Is Air Asia usually on time? " They run tight turnarounds so whilst they start on time early in the day, any delays tend to roll over as the day progresses. By late afternoon I'd be surprised if your flight from CNX wasn't running 30 minutes late. Sadly, a delay on the Krabi sector doesn't work to your advantage - late or not they still close the flight 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
Ignore this advice from people who use AirAsia often and you'll run the high risk of forfeit of the money you pay for the Krabi sector.
Aug 9, 2010 3:39 PM
That's one and a half hours, not half an hour. Probably wiser to get an earlier flight but I wouldn't say you have NO chance of catching your onward flight. It's quite possible you would, if the incoming flight is on time. Air Asia seem to have improved their on time record quite a lot in the last couple of years... some of the flights I've been on have even arrived ahead of schedule.
This said, a route like CNX-BKK with lots of turnaround would be more prone to delays than a route with only one or two scheduled flights a day because of the knock-on effect Bangkok Boy mentioned.
Aug 9, 2010 4:00 PM
7I hate it when I see people.. often with kids.. standing at the luggage belt.. waiving paper-tickets in the air and yelling at each other about who booked these tight connections and why....
Last time was at KL.. just a few weeks ago... They missed their flight... Hope the OP doesn't make the same mistake... Good luck.
Aug 9, 2010 10:07 PM
Aug 10, 2010 3:10 AM
9That's one and a half hours, not half an hour.
I meant I would have half an hour to go to the check-in table if they close an hour before departure.
Thanks for the advise everyone. It's different between countries how long it takes to get from one domestic flight to another. In some countries 1 1/2 hour between flights is plenty of time. It seems that's not the case in Thailand.
Aug 10, 2010 3:19 AM
10Don't forget that you need to collect your luggage too...
It's not really different in Thailand.. it's the same for Southwest Airlines, Easy Jet... Ryan Air... etc. ..... If you want your luggage transferred and quick and easy transit... buy full prices tickets on full service airlines.
Aug 10, 2010 6:51 AM
11well I've booked a flight earlier in the day so we will have half a day in Bangkok. Thanks for the advise everyone :)
Aug 10, 2010 9:08 PM
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