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Grace B Dec 9, 17 11:58 pm

Transfer Desk CMB
 
Apologies if this has been covered before, but I couldn't find it.

I am planning to transit CMB again in a couple of months time for 6 hours, TK to MH. I have done similar transits at CMB several times before, but never to MH.

Recently, I was a little surprised and disappointed that when connecting SQ to AI (both Star Alliance) on separate tickets, the transfer desk wouldn't issue a boarding pass for the AI flight to DEL, so I had to enter Sri Lanka, wait, check in, and then depart Sri Lanka (which can be a bit of a pain). Luckily I had a valid transit visa.

Given my recent experience, I was wondering if anyone could advise whether the transfer desk at CMB can issue a boarding pass for MH (and perhaps provide a list of airlines handled by the transfer desk). It could affect my choice of airline.

Many thanks in advance.

quarryking Dec 10, 17 8:18 pm

Am guessing if its airlines in the One world family, transiting in CMB shouldn't be a problem. If atleast one of the segments were on Sri Lankan that will also help, as the transit desk there at CMB is manned by Srilankan airlines staff and they should help if its a Srilankan ticket.

Grace B Dec 17, 17 11:10 pm


Originally Posted by quarryking (Post 29158641)
Am guessing if its airlines in the One world family, transiting in CMB shouldn't be a problem.

I imagined that might be the case, but with CMB and UL one can't be sure. I'll post my experiences after my travels.

onlysuites Jan 11, 18 4:07 am

I have a similar situation, get in on UL and then depart on WY. Will I be able to get my luggage retagged from the transfer desk. We get in at 11pm and don't leave till 845am so thats a heck of a long wait outside. Rather sleep in the airport hotel.

Any hotels directly outside airport?

quarryking Jan 11, 18 10:03 pm


Originally Posted by onlysuites (Post 29278320)
I have a similar situation, get in on UL and then depart on WY. Will I be able to get my luggage retagged from the transfer desk. We get in at 11pm and don't leave till 845am so thats a heck of a long wait outside. Rather sleep in the airport hotel.

Any hotels directly outside airport?

Would this be on seperate tickets..? Looks tough as far as re-tagging luggage in the airport itself if it's on separate tickets.

As far as resting for the night, there's the 'Serenediva Transit Hotel' in the airport itself, but if you need to collect your bags post immigration you wouldn't have access to it.
There are a lot of hotel options outside of the airport.
  • Gateway Airport Garden Hotel (part of the Taj group)
  • Heaps of options in Negombo (10 mins ride from the airport)
  • Lots of smaller options as well just outside the airport

onlysuites Jan 12, 18 3:51 am


Originally Posted by quarryking (Post 29282398)
Would this be on seperate tickets..? Looks tough as far as re-tagging luggage in the airport itself if it's on separate tickets.

As far as resting for the night, there's the 'Serenediva Transit Hotel' in the airport itself, but if you need to collect your bags post immigration you wouldn't have access to it.
There are a lot of hotel options outside of the airport.
  • Gateway Airport Garden Hotel (part of the Taj group)
  • Heaps of options in Negombo (10 mins ride from the airport)
  • Lots of smaller options as well just outside the airport

Yeah seperate tickets. They have done this for me in the past when I flew in on UL and was connecting to 9W. That was a few years back though.

HGF Jun 12, 18 9:17 pm

Do only certain airlines have a presence at the transfer desk? I will be transferring to QR and CX flights on 2 separate occasions at CMB. Neither ticket involves UL. I'm hoping that I can stay airside in order to get my boarding passes for both occasions. I will not have any checked bags.

onlysuites Jun 13, 18 3:52 am

They were able to get me my QR boarding passes. Don't think they should have a issue with the CX ones too.

richh1833 Aug 12, 18 6:19 am

Does anyone know if it's possible to check-in at the transit desk for UL when I'm coming in on CX?

onlysuites Aug 12, 18 6:53 am

Should be quite easily done for UL.

hrs027 Sep 17, 18 6:32 pm

Flying into CMB on UL connecting to SQ on separate tickets.
Has anyone had experience of baggage interlining to SQ by UL?

quarryking Sep 19, 18 8:37 pm


Originally Posted by hrs027 (Post 30215030)
Flying into CMB on UL connecting to SQ on separate tickets.
Has anyone had experience of baggage interlining to SQ by UL?

What's the connection time between the flights ? Just in case UL/ SQ are not willing to do the needful.

hrs027 Sep 23, 18 7:20 pm

Connection time is 3 hours

seavisionburma Sep 23, 18 10:36 pm


Originally Posted by quarryking (Post 30223767)
What's the connection time between the flights ? Just in case UL/ SQ are not willing to do the needful.

Had to smile at that post

We're always getting emails from our Sri Lanka office informing us they are doing the needful :)

quarryking Sep 27, 18 8:38 pm


Originally Posted by hrs027 (Post 30237583)
Connection time is 3 hours

Worst case you can pick up your bags and quickly re-check in. The walk from arrivals to departures is under a minute.


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