Old Nov 10, 17, 11:57 am
Join Date: Feb 2013
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You will arrive at NRT on 15:05, or 3:05 p.m. You are mentioning tight connection so I am assuming you are booked on JL 3005 to ITM departing NRT on 4:55 p.m. (16:55). JL sets Int.-Dom. connection at NRT as 80 min. so you are correct that you meet MCT set by JL.

You have to go through immigration passport control and customs at first port of entry at Japan, in your case NRT. Checked baggage acceptance for domestic JL flight is 20 min before the departure. Hence you have an hour and 30 min. to go through customs and immigration at NRT. My experience is that is usually enough time, but it is dependent on how long is non-Japanese line at passport control will be. Especially during holiday season lines at non-Japanese passport control can get long.

There is another ITM flight, JL 3007 departing NRT at 6:20 p.m. (18:20). If you miss JL 3005 at NRT then will JL put you on JL3007? That is dependent on a ticket rule of your domestic flight. If you purchased “Yokoso” type fare then the fare rule specifically says you cannot change first leg of the reservation. If you purchased full economy fare then ticket can be change to any other flights on NRT-ITM.

My experience is that JL tend to be accommodating/understanding regarding int-dom transfer. Best is when you arrive at NRT, get hold of JL ground agents (not FA on aircraft) usually on a jet bridge as you walk out of the aircraft and explain your domestic connection. They are usually good about that.
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