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1:45hrs enough time to connect in Hong Kong?

1:45hrs enough time to connect in Hong Kong?

Old Nov 16, 18, 1:41 pm
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1:45hrs enough time to connect in Hong Kong?

Hi, my wife is due to fly to HK on BA next month, connecting to a KA flight to KHH. Initially she was on the earlier BA flight giving us 5 hours, but I changed to the later one to stay on the A380 leaving her 2 hours. Now the KA flight has been moved forward by 15mins as well leaving her with only 1hr 45. She is panicking now. Is that enough time to transfer comfortably with a young boy in tow?

Options include moving the BA flight back to the original one, but moving from row 2 to row 4 in F and to the 777. Or move the KA flight to the next one giving an extra 2.5 hours. Thank you!
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Old Nov 16, 18, 1:48 pm
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So long as you are no more than an hour late you will be fine on this. You have to go through security, which is as efficient as it is short on smiles. The trick in my opinion is to select carefully which security point to use, generally the end of pier ones are faster than the main ones at the front of the building (low gate numbers). Have a look at the HKG arrival map on their website to see where they all are. I have made connections at HKG on 25 minutes thanks to BA running late into HKG, and CX / QF often start boarding at 30 minutes too, but still no problem. HKG is probably the most efficient airport on the planet, balancing size and spread of activity, it's just the bus terminal that lets the place down.

Clearly keeping hand luggage down helps, but it's just computers out (and they don't seem that bother about that either). No need to extract liquids, though if you leave a bottle of water in your bag they will hold you up briefly to retrieve it.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 1:49 pm
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On the provision you are through ticketed from LHR to KHH, you’ll be fine with the 1 hr 45 min connection.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 1:50 pm
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Hi, my wife is due to fly to HK on BA next month, connecting to a KA flight to KHH. Initially she was on the earlier BA flight giving us 5 hours, but I changed to the later one to stay on the A380 leaving her 2 hours. Now the KA flight has been moved forward by 15mins as well leaving her with only 1hr 45. She is panicking now. Is that enough time to transfer comfortably with a young boy in tow? Options include moving the BA flight back to the original one, but moving from row 2 to row 4 in F and to the 777. Or move the KA flight to the next one giving an extra 2.5 hours. Thank you!
- Is your flight HKG-KHH issued on the same ticket as your BA flights? If so, all baggage can be through checked and you should be fine at CLK. If not, then you probably need to change your flight times!
- We had a 50 minute connection CX/CX when flying LON CX X/HKG CX BNE last month and it worked a treat!
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Old Nov 16, 18, 1:57 pm
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Being a Cathay Dragon flight there’s a high likelihood of the flight departing from the bus terminal.

Personally the plus of the A380 isn’t enough to override the stress of the connection. Plus HK has some of the best lounges in the network. So if changing back to the BA earlier flight is an option, I would do that.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 2:14 pm
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Thanks, this is all super useful!

Yes, they are on the same ticket, and most of the flights KA flights to KHH we've been on in the past required the bus interchange. She doesn't like to be rushed and will have full F lounge access in HK so I think we'll try to move one of the flights to give them more time.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by clansey1973 View Post
- Is your flight HKG-KHH issued on the same ticket as your BA flights? If so, all baggage can be through checked and you should be fine at CLK. If not, then you probably need to change your flight times!
- We had a 50 minute connection CX/CX when flying LON CX X/HKG CX BNE last month and it worked a treat!
HKG is one of the better airport for short connetions - on a London to Hanoi CX/KA 50 minute connection we were at the gate well before boarding, BA/KA short of a major delay should be fine. Lounge would be a loss so if you can get the earlier inbound I'd go for it, but wouldn't worry too much if not.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 2:52 pm
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Plus, the A380 often disembarks at gates 60+, a loooong way away from the bus departure point to the North Satellite!
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Old Nov 16, 18, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by clansey1973 View Post
- We had a 50 minute connection CX/CX when flying LON CX X/HKG CX BNE last month and it worked a treat!
Same - I was actually banking on a night in HK to catch up with friends but no - they (CX) pulled it off and at around midnight local time I was in my hotel bed in BNE!

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Old Nov 16, 18, 7:37 pm
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I live in KHH and do KHH-HKG-Europe by CX quite often. 1.45 hours is definitely enough. Even though your BA flight delayed to HKG and caused a tigh connection, KA crew would hold a board “to Kaohsiung “ waiting for the transit passengers and escort them to gate, including using the “ crew security check “ channel. Their ground service is really good
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Old Nov 16, 18, 7:52 pm
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This connection will be made comfortably, provided your inbound is on time. I’ve been through HKG 6 or 7 times in as many weeks and every time it is efficient and easy to get through, despite some long walks on account of your inbound and outbound gate allocations.

Changing the flights to have longer in HKG would be utter madness, in my opinion.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 12:00 am
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The way I would look at it is that your family are on one ticket and will most likely make it without rushing and if it is a little late and they want you to make the connection somebody will be there to assist. However, in the event of a delay, there are 7 flights per day with KA to KHH so the airline would have her rebooked and everything sorted by the time she landed in HKG (most likely with someone waiting at the end of the jetway to give her the new boarding passes in my experience).

I personally always book minimum MCT where there are plenty of connections knowing that the airline and airport set the MCT and its in their interest to have you make the connection. Well, at least with decent airlines like BA/CX/KA anyway, whereas IIROPS with airlines in mainline China has always been a nightmare for me.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 1:58 am
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One hour provides for a safe and relaxed transfer even if KA departs from a bus gate (or KA island). Your bags willl probably make it faster than you.
Even in 45min you would easily make it.
BA27 is quite punctual, very rare to see a delay of more than 30 min.
And if things go to worse, you still have the last KA flight 2+ hours later.
I don't see any sense of moving to the early 777 with lesser F seats.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 5:20 am
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As other have said, this is not the slightest drama. I have regularly had 0:55 connections to the bus-connected stands (I think they are numbered 2xx ?) and made it with time to spare. You could easily go to the lounge in that time. Key tip: use the connections security near gate 61, NOT the main one (much shorter queues usually. Having said that I did once have a nightmare there, if you get there and the queues are long then scratch that advice and head to the main one!)
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Old Nov 17, 18, 6:40 pm
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All my connections in HKG have been slick, I probably usually used the connections that BTP mentioned above as it was a short walk to the Pier Lounge.
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