My experience seems to match Athena53‘s – when I allow for a long connection everything is on time or arrive early/depart late, but when I have short connections that is when delays are encountered on the arriving flight (or transport) but not on the departing flight.
Are there minimum connection times that are unrealistically short? Should these be increased?
Gotta Requalify had a super-tight 35 minute connection (well below the Minimum Connection Time) when the flight into a very large busy airport was late. Thanks to some great service, the onward flight was made with 10 minutes to spare, even with immigration and security screening. I’m sure some FTers will have guessed the airport and the great service on offer without reading the link. Can you?
Most Flyer Talkers are aware that airlines publish minimum connection times (MCTs) at various airports for connecting between certain flights. These are the minimum “legal” connection times – ie the airlines won’t allow you to select flights with a shorter connection unless the passenger waives the airline of all responsibility for making the onward flight. (As I experienced myself recently, you can book flights with illegal connections by phone, not online, but a note is added to your record that you’ve waived your misconnection rights.)
Anyway, ignats asks for advice when the airline’s published MCT expanded making the purchased itinerary “illegal” for the connection at London Heathrow (LHR) between British Airways and United Airlines. The MCT change is due to the opening of BA’s new terminal 5 (T5) later this month.