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Too tight for my comfort...
Assuming you are making this connection on a single ticket, your baggage (if applicable) will be tagged at ATH through to your final destination.
Breaking down this connection:
Gate to T5 Flight Connections: 10-20 minutes depending on where you're seated;
Bus from T5 to T4: 20-25 minutes;
Security at T4 Flight Connections: 10-15 minutes;
T4 Flight Connections to Gate: 10 minutes;
Considering boarding of the CO flight will close between 30-40 minutes before departure, this leaves no room for mishaps or delays.
Will you have checked in for the CO flight in ATH or will you have to do it at the transit desk at T4 once you have arrived at T4 after taking the airside flight connections bus? ( and what is the minimum check in time for CO?)
Also are you on one ticket ( protected in the event of delays) or two tickets ( not necessarily protected).
I would feel uncomfortable about a 90min connection from T5 onto another airline at T4 ( esp transatlantic) as you only need a small delay to miss your miminum check in time for CO ( if not already done so).
Can you get an earlier BA flight from ATH to T5?
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Thanks for the quick reply. Originally, I was going to cut 2 separate tickets, but I see that to expedite things I should have the entire travel itinerary on one ticket.
I think the BA flight out of Athens is the first one to Heathrow. Olympic's first flight, I believe, arrives a bit later..... I'm trying to avoid US east coast airports because of delays and the need to make a late day connection.
I operate ATH quite often, and just try and get a seat as far to the front as possible to disembark as quickly as possible.
As of late, the early ATH-LHR has not been the busiest of flights, and due to the weight and balance restrictions, the Euro Traveller cabin has the majority of the Mid Cabin blocked off. So, if you can, make sure you try and get a seat as far forward as possible.
If you are indeed sat in the Aft cabin, you will not be permitted to move forward before take off, but will after take off.
I am presuming you are traveling in Euro Traveller, but could be totally incorrect...!
Have a good flight!
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