Bangkok transit to Domestic time ?
Replies: 29 - Last Post: May 24, 2012 4:02 AM Last Post By: Alex2306
May 22, 2012 3:10 AM
15No, FD/AK do not have their own terminal at BKK.
Because it's point-to-point for domestic flights they have no facility (i.e. they won't pay) to have any of their flights customs-cleared at final dest for transit pax. You simply cannot mix domestic-origin and overseas-origin pax on a purely domestic flight because it's a border breach situation if you do. As you know, in cases where a flight arrives as an international flight and then continues in the same country for a domestic sector to another port, then customs clearance MAY be done at final destination for pax who originated out-of-country. If they allow domestic pax on this sector then these people usually enter via the customs area and have the appropriate sticker on their board pass so they are let through green channel at destination. You couldn't have a scenario where pax who have not passed through passport control could simply wander off a domestic flight in say Phuket and disappear off to the beach!
AirAsia flights arrive and depart domestic gates for flights wholly within Thailand, and that area is not customs controlled. For AirAsia flights to/from Penang, KL, Macau etc then they use gates in the International areas, which are subject to Immigration control.
In KUL, they now have full transit and through-baggage facilities for certain two-flight trips, i.e OOL-KUL-BKK. What flights they are can be seen on the booking website - where you can now book from A to C via KUL and two sets of flight details come up, they are guaranteed connections and you don't leave airside in KUL - and your bag is double-tagged for transit.
Can you be specific? I can't think of an airline that allows international arrival pax to transit to a flight of purely domestic origin for clearance downline, simply because those flights park on a domestic gate on arrival, not at the international section.
May 22, 2012 3:35 AM
16Can you be specific? I can't think of an airline that allows international arrival pax to transit to a flight of purely domestic origin for clearance downline, simply because those flights park on a domestic gate on arrival, not at the international section.
BangkokBoy are we talking about the same thing ? Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rei, Krabi, Hat Yai are all international airports with immigration control. Passengers checking in at my airport to any of these destinations will merely transit in Bangkok. Bags are checked to the final destination and boarding cards are issued to final destination. Local domestic passengers will also board in Bangkok. I can give hundreds of examples e.g FRA - BKK with LH onto BKK - HKT with TG
May 22, 2012 4:59 AM
17This was a simple question is 35 minutes enough for a transfer from an international flight to a domestic flight at Bangkok.
Seems to be generating a lot of unhelpful/misleading comment.
As far as I am aware the key issue as to whether you might be able to avoid immigration on International/domestic transfer is a through ticket without which it would be very unlikely or impossible. I have flown BA manchester to Heathrow terminal 1 and EVA from terminal 3 to BKK and return without the need to go through immigration in London but it was all on the same ticket.
May 22, 2012 1:06 PM
May 22, 2012 3:13 PM
19BigAl1, the OP had his answer and accepted it. One point on what you say at #17 - it's simply not possible to get "the same ticket" for any sectors that involve AirAsia (unless it's for two AirAsia flights via KUL as mentioned at #15)
FCG and I moved on from WHAT to WHY, so I don't see that it will confuse OP.
But yes, we do seem to be at cross purposes.
Westwood is correct, anyway!
Unless you're an airport pass holder there simply is no access to get airside from International arrivals to the domestic gates that AirAsia use unless you go through Passport Control. Having done that, with no bags plus a pre-issued boarding pass the OP can then rush upstairs and through under the Departure sign to the gate for the HKT flight.
At last count I've flown 27 times BKK to HKT on AirAsia, and NEVER arrived at a gate that has been subject to Immigration controls. What would your LH pax do - ask someone to kindly show him where to go declare his hash stash? No, he couldn't be on the flight in the first place from a transit situation at BKK.
May 22, 2012 5:31 PM
May 23, 2012 12:20 AM
21What would your LH pax do - ask someone to kindly show him where to go declare his hash stash? No, he couldn't be on the flight in the first place from a transit situation at BKK.
@BangkokBoy why are you totally ingnoring the CIQ process in Bangkok - special immigration airside purely for certain domestic transfers ?. There are never queues here. Obviously Air Asia passengers must arrive at gates with no access to CIQ which was my question. I think you need to be masochistic to fly Air Asia !!!
May 23, 2012 12:51 AM
May 23, 2012 1:00 AM
May 23, 2012 2:06 AM
May 23, 2012 2:28 AM
25OP is your international flight with Thai ? Failing all else you could smile nicely at your check-in agent and ask for one of their Fast Track cards for clearing immigration in Bangkok, you go straight to the front of the queue. Good luck !
May 23, 2012 6:23 AM
Well yes, that's what I said, but more importantly they DEPART from gates with no CIQ access - IF it's a purely domestic flight.
It works for squillions of people, and especially for those that don't screw up a connection to the extent that OP did - but at least he admitted that. They're a cheap LCC - and of all of those in all of the world, they got the award for being the best. Go figure. They're very good at what they do but they are still subjected to one of the worst traits of human nature - that the cheapskates who pay the least have the propensity to moan and whinge the most! I'm not including the OP in that!
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