Mexico City airport connecting times
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 1:05 PM Last Post By: volki20
Nov 5, 2012 11:56 AM
Mexico City airport connecting timesGreetings,
I am booking plane reservations and would like any thoughts or comments on the time between flights. Arriving MEX from LAX at 4:00 in the afternoon and trying to connect to a flight on Interjet to Oaxaca an hour and forty minutes later. I assume we will need to change terminals. We will probably have just carry on bags so we shouldn't be delayed at the baggage carousel. Is it realistic to think we get through immigration and local security to make this connection? Thanks in advance, and Happy Trails.
Nov 5, 2012 12:51 PM
1You will probably make it but I would recommend having a backup plan. The biggest variable is immigration line, which may go from 0 to over an hour wait. When there are many arrivals just before yours, there will also be a line at customs, where they x-ray everybody's luggage and everyone has to press the red/green button (red=additional luggage check).
If you arrive at T2, you will then have to go to T1 to check in with Interjet, easiest with Aertotren. There may be line at Interjet counter but they may give you priority due to tight connection. Security is usually not a problem.
If you get there too late they will probably try to put you on a later flight, if there is one. If there is not one, you may wait till next day, or head out to San Lázaro/TAPO, buy a ticket and bus it to Oaxaca (~6hrs, frequent evening departures).
Nov 5, 2012 1:04 PM
2You may not necessarily have to change terminals. Which airline are you flying in on? If you have separate tickets then you will have to check-in from scratch at the Interjet desk and their policies are that this must be done 2 hours before departure. So they have every right to sell your ticket to another passenger before you even land! So regardless of how quickly you can get through immigration etc. you could be well and truly stuffed. If you are flying in on any other airline (non-Interjet) I suggest reconsidering your plans.
Nov 5, 2012 1:24 PM
3This summer I remember meeting some tourists at the Mexico City airport who were flying to Oaxaca that morning, we were on the connecting train from terminal 1 to terminal 2, so there must be some flights from there to Oaxaca.
Nov 5, 2012 1:58 PM
4I don't go through MEX anymore as there is a direct flight from Houston. In the past I have made it multiple times with only an hour. Would you have to go to Immigration in MEX or now that OAX has it, do you go there? If that's the case you should have plenty of time.
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Nov 7, 2012 1:05 PM
9is your flight to oaxaca with aeromexico? last year i had a bad experience where they oversold the flight and i ended up having to stay in mexico city for a night. the good part was that i got a free ticket out of it and was able to go BACK to oaxaca this year. if you are traveling with the same airline all the way from lax to oaxaca then i agree that you will be fine. if you're switching airlines, then i would try to check in online for the mexico city - oaxaca part of the flight.
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