Departing from LOS

Old Aug 20, 12, 1:50 pm
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Departing from LOS

I am currently in Lagos, I know, I was born lucky! Already thinking about my departure. I will be finished in the office at about 17:00, and it has been suggested I go straight to the airport, as the hotel is in the other direction. Does anyone know what time the BA check-in opens (assuming I don't PYOBP), and perhaps more importantly when the BA lounge opens? The flight is at 23:00, but I may well be there by 17:30.


I had an unfortunate experience at AUH where I arrived too early and ended waiting landside for hours.
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Old Aug 20, 12, 2:41 pm
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I don't have enough current experience to help you specifically but LOS used to be a veritable nest of thieves and rip-off artists, all in official uniform, who existed simply to part travellers from their money.

I wouldn't spend one minute more at the airport than I had to.

Haven't you got a friend/contact/colleague who will share a beer or 2 with you whilst you kill time?

There are many, many airports I wouldn't want to spend 5+ hours at and LOS is fairly near the top of that list.
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Old Aug 20, 12, 2:49 pm
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Plan B (as used at Moscow many years ago) - turn up and find a cafe, buy a beer and sit in a corner of the bar / cafe with the beer until check-in opens...
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Old Aug 20, 12, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Betteronacamel View Post
LOS used to be a veritable nest of thieves and rip-off artists, all in official uniform, who existed simply to part travellers from their money.

I wouldn't spend one minute more at the airport than I had to.
I agree, but that was why I asked the question. If I can get through security at 17:30 and go straight to the BA lounge, then that would be an acceptable solution. If the lounge doesn't open until, say, 20:00 then I'd rather fight through traffic twice and spend an hour or two at my hotel.

Unfortunately no friends to have a beer with in LOS. Although I did get an e-mail from a guy offering me $40m
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Old Aug 20, 12, 3:34 pm
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I wish I still had the link/info but someone once had an enormous laugh spinning out one of these frauds.

BA Lounge opens at 18.00.

Sounds OK, you can even have a shower and then get gently sozzled before your flight - see Lounge database in the BA forum Dashboad.

Enjoy
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Old Aug 20, 12, 4:55 pm
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I live in LOS at present. Dreadful airport!!

I leave about 1700 for the flight - bear in mind that traffic is worse than normal cos of the 3rd mainland bridge being closed for half the day..although it is open for the trip to the airport in the afternoon.

If you leave at 1700 you will arrive 1900- 2100 depending on traffic and route chosen. The airport will be packed at that time so, even with fast track, it will take you some time to get through everything.

One tactic is to leave circa 1530 - 1600 when the traffic is much lighter and go to the Sheraton for dinner. If you have 'protocol' they will bribe your bags onto the flight without you having to check the in. You have to have a protocol you trust as it involves leaving you bag and passport with the guy...and you have to leave the bag unlocked for the physical check. If you work for a good company, protocol is quite trustworthy on the whole.

Good luck!! Send me pm if you need more help
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Old Aug 20, 12, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by nimeta View Post
If you have 'protocol' they will bribe your bags onto the flight without you having to check the in. You have to have a protocol you trust as it involves leaving you bag and passport with the guy...and you have to leave the bag unlocked for the physical check. If you work for a good company, protocol is quite trustworthy on the whole.
I don't understand at all what you're talking about, but my interest is certainly piqued - what is "protocol" ?
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Old Aug 20, 12, 5:22 pm
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I don't understand at all what you're talking about, but my interest is certainly piqued - what is "protocol" ?
Protocol is a guy who basically bribes your way through the airport. Good ones/bad ones (depending on your PoV) will ensure you walk to the front of all queue's.

In my previous company, our protocol officer was so connected that when one of our investment bankers arrived on an invalid visa (and so should have been sent back on the BA flight he arrived on) the head of Lagos airport was duly summoned by our protocol. He took the passport off our guy and kept it for safe keeping, escorted him through all the security and immigration checks and a few days later, when he was returning, escorted him back and handed him back his passport. No visa, no passport stamps, nothing!!!

These guys can be priceless!!!
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Old Aug 20, 12, 5:32 pm
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Does it really take up to four hours to travel 30 km from central Lagos to the airport? My curiosity was piqued and I looked on Google Maps. I mean, I know Nigeria is rough sometimes, but thst's pretty full-on...
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Old Aug 20, 12, 5:48 pm
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Does it really take up to four hours to travel 30 km from central Lagos to the airport? My curiosity was piqued and I looked on Google Maps. I mean, I know Nigeria is rough sometimes, but thst's pretty full-on...
It can take longer. Problem is most businesses are based in Victoria Island/Ikoyi so the journey to the airport is in full rush hour traffic to the north - which is where 90%+ of the workers live.

It can be a nightmare - especially in the rainy season (i.e now) Thursdays and Fridays are especially bad also - which is when I tend to fly
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Old Aug 21, 12, 1:01 pm
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Thanks for the tips. I have no bags to check, as I had heard that was best avoided. My hotel is on Ikoyi, but the office I am working on is not, and is closer to the airport. That's probably why my driver suggested going straight to the airport, rather than battling back to Ikoyi then out again later.

I don't have a protocol, so I guess I'll be queing like most.
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Old Aug 21, 12, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by ANAmateur View Post
Thanks for the tips. I have no bags to check, as I had heard that was best avoided. My hotel is on Ikoyi, but the office I am working on is not, and is closer to the airport. That's probably why my driver suggested going straight to the airport, rather than battling back to Ikoyi then out again later.

I don't have a protocol, so I guess I'll be queing like most.
Ikoyi is closer to the airport than VI and it can take an hour to get from VI to Ikoyi, so you have an advantage. In any event, just leave as soon as you can and get to the airport. As you have no check in baggage, the Sheraton dinner idea may be very relevant to you. Really its much better than the BA lounge. Have a nice dinner there and get your driver to take you to the airport circa 9pm or 930 pm. I guess you will be on expenses anyway, so the silly Sheraton prices wont bother you.
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