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Old Jun 14, 09, 12:13 pm   #1
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Changing planes in Lima

We will be coming in to lima late at night from La Paz (LAN), and need to get our luggage and then re-check in for a LAN/Aeromexico flight to Mexico City.

How easy is it to get around the Lima airport? how much time would you say is the minimum to do this?

Any problems with the above?

Thu, May 6, 2010
La Paz (LPB) to Lima (LIM)
Depart: 09:45pm Arrive: 10:45pm
La Paz, Bolivia (LPB) to Lima, Peru (LIM)
LAN Airlines LAN Airlines
Flight 2566 operated by LANPERU (on Airbus A319)

Fri, May 7, 2010
Lima (LIM) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Depart: 01:30am Red-eye Arrive: 07:35am
Lima, Peru (LIM) to Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
LAN Peru LAN Peru
Flight 5396 operated by Aeromexico (on Boeing 737-800)
1 Stop – change planes in Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
Connection Time: 2 hrs 40 mins
Depart: 10:15am Arrive: 01:30pm
Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) to Vancouver, BC (YVR)
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
Flight 11 (on Boeing 747-400)

Cheers,
S.

Last edited by sinecure; Jun 14, 09 at 12:16 pm. Reason: added flight info.
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Old Jun 14, 09, 12:19 pm   #2
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Are you on two tickets, or one? Even on 2, LA should be able to check your luggage through, and then you'd merely go through int'l connections, through a quick security check, and then go to the appropriate service counter upstairs in the departures area for your BP.
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Old Jun 14, 09, 12:25 pm   #3
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It will probably be two tickets because the cost of making it one ticket was significantly more. We are getting to La Paz by other transport so it's not a proper round trip.

If they can't check our bags through, is there simply one terminal in Lima? Allowing us to quickly get our bags and recheck in? I've heard rumors that Lan is fairly well run so there shouldn't be too much delay getting our 2nd boarding pass?

Thanks
S
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Old Jun 15, 09, 8:23 am   #4
 
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IMO you've got lots of time, even though you're arriving and departing during peak operating hours. The Lima airport is relatively compact and easy to navigate. The LAN checkin counters are located all the way across the terminal from the int'l arrivals area, but it's a short walk. You should have a copy of your e-ticket handy as security personnel will request to see it before you enter the checkin area.

One thing to verify is whether you have to pay the international airport departure fee (US$30 per person) if you clear Immigration & Customs while in transit. I vaguely remember that there was an exemption in this case, but it's something you might want to check out beforehand.
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