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This community maintained wiki lists out all known airports on the BA network grading each airport in terms of its practical suitability for quick flight transfers. Three transfer categories are considered (and indicated as traffic lights from left to right in the following order)

Back to back: Immediate turnarounds without checked baggage, with an airside transfer and flying out on the same aircraft that operated the inbound flight
Transfer: Immediate turnarounds without checked baggage, with an airside transfer and flying out on a different aircraft (or airline) to the one that operated the inbound flight
Landside: Full arrival and departure sequence. It is assumed check-in for the onward flight is processed prior to the arrival at the airport.

Grading:
Excellent generally means you will leave the aircraft and find yourself in the boarding area for departure.
Good suggests that you may have to clear either security and/or passports before reboarding, but it should still be possible.
Reasonable: suggests possible but with risks attached
Poor: high risk and not advisable
Ungraded

Two caveats:
A) Sometimes things don't go to plan. E.g. EDI sometimes uses buses, which puts passengers landside and thus needing to reclear security. Ditto HAM.
B) The above needs to be combined with the turnaround time. MXP often has a generous back-to-back time, for example.


ABZ:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. Arrivals decant into departure hall

ACE:
Back to back: Reasonable (if off season, there is a transfer channel just before passports); Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

AGP:
Back to back: Excellent for Schengen, Risky if not. Schengen - immediate turnaround possible at gate area. Non-Schengen - there is a transit passageway back to airside on the left after passports, but there can be long delays at passports, achievable if you are willing to politely push in the queue. see here.

ALC:
Back to back: Reasonable if off season, but you do need to go fully airside if non Schengen. Small and efficient airport. Peak time: see here

ALG:
Back to back: Impractical due to visa and immigration processes.

AMS:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Poor. Arrivals decant into departure hall normally

ANE:
Back to back: Good - very small airport, tarmac walk. You may want to telephone the airport to let them know since there's no OLCI facility.

ARN:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable (arriving pax should watch for sign to gates 70-82) * see posts 593, 238 & 1298 for more details. Post 174 is a pictorial guide.

ATH:
Back to back: Reasonable but don't hang about, you need to enter Schengen immigration, then leave Schengen, and a fairly efficient security check. Distances aren't great.

BCN:
Back to back: Good to excellent (bit of a walk, small flight connection facility to the left of passport control, dedicated security but no passports; Transfer: Good (if non-Schengen), Reasonable (if Schengen); Landside: Reasonable

BER:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good: Landside: Reasonable to Poor. Not much transfer traffic here so no queues for transit security when doing B2B - bit of a walk though. Note you can't access the lounge if doing B2B.

BGY:
Back to back: Reasonable to Poor; Transfer: Reasonable to Poor: Landside: Reasonable to Poor. More details, click here.

BHD:
Back to back: Excellent (use stairs upwards between gates 5 and 6, against flow); Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

BIO:
Back to back: Reasonable, does involve going landside but small airport, airbridge rather than bus; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

BIQ:
Back to back: Reasonable, involves going through passports to landside, security and passports again, but you need to be off early since passport checks are thorough.

BJV:
Back to back: Not really feasible, there is no online check-in or App facility, you must check in at the gate. More details click here.

BOD:
Back to back: Reasonable but does involve going landside and back again. However it's a small airport and efficient.

BLL:
Back to back: Good (there is a clear transfer route after passport control to avoid a security check; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good

BLQ:
Back to back: Good (small airport but you have to go landside); Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable (bus gates)

BRI:
Back to back: Good (small airport but you have to go landside); Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

BSL:
Back to back:: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good (Bit of a walk to landside, but it's not a huge airport. See this post for info)

BRU:
Back to back: Excellent on the transfer route, reasonable if not; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Poor (see comments in post #246 , also 64 onwards)

BUD:
Back to back: Good. Airside transfer with quiet security channel (might need to ask staff to open it for you). More details here: BUD Back-to-back?

CAG:
Back to back: Reasonable, does involve going landside but small airport, airbridge rather than bus; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

CDG:
Back to back: Good now that BA use Terminal 2A. Transfer route well signed and drops you to entry to normal security check. No bussing. More details here : CDG Experience - Positive and a potential variant depending on the gate arrived into here.

CFU:
Back to back: Near impossible, no OLCI, you must present yourself at check-in. Process involves bus, passports, out to landside, short walk to departures building on right, security and bus. Security is bad on peak days

CGN:
Back to back: No OLCI, but on some dates it is still possible. See this post for details.

CHQ:
Back to back: Near impossible despite being a small airport, no OLCI so you can only get a boarding pass at the airport, and bus to and from gates

CMB:
Back to back: Excellent. Easy to do airside. Arriving and departing pax are not segregated. If you have your return boarding pass, just walk directly from arrival gate to departure gate.

CMF:
Back to back: Generally Good, involves going landside. Best avoid Saturdays, the main changeover day, when security is stretched.

CPH:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. Arrivals decant into departure hall

CTA:
Back to back: Reasonable, there is a transfer route signed but seems obsolete. However small and efficient airport so still do-able if going via landside

DBV:
Back to back: Impractical. There's no online check in so you have to go landside and collect a boarding pass. Otherwise a very small airport

DUB:
Back to back: Good (if ex-LHR), Reasonable if ex-LCY (quicker plane turnaround); Transfer: Good if Common Travel Area, otherwise Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. May require passing security, so Fast Track helps. See this post for a photo guide. (As of June 2017 increased risk due to pax segregation at 200 gates and ongoing building work)

DUS:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen; Landside: Good. Arrivals decant into departure gate, though risk of bus to baggage hall

EDI:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable to Poor; Landside: Reasonable to Poor. Arrivals decant into departure hall normally, risk of bus to baggage hall

EFL:
Back to back: High risk on a Tuesday as only one flight, passport control is slow and turnaround time is approximately 50 minutes. OLCI is possible. Saturdays are possible if arriving on the early flight and leaving on the later flight. New terminal building is complete and fully operational, no buses involved, walk to terminal. Leave baggage hall via stairs, after the exit turn right and walk back towards check-in. Security is between arrivals and check-in. Exit the building and walk up the hill to Icarus for a coffee or snack or indeed a swim between flights. No lounge. UK flights now seem to be leaving from gates 1 & 2 which requires re-clearance of passport control after security. Only a vending machine and bare bones duty free shop.

EGC:
Back to back: Impractical. Bergerac has its own check-in system and is currently not on App/OLCI, so boarding passes must be obtained in person, no later than 45 minutes before departure

EXT:
Back to back: Not possible. Airport check-in only (check-in can't be done elsewhere due to FLY not being implemented). No airside transfer either.

FCO:
Back to back: Reasonable (return shuttle to main terminal); Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable (Possibly excellent as of Jul 22 - see post #1092)

FDH:
Back to back: Impractical due to delays during ski season - see here.

FLR:
Back to back: Poor due to use of bus transfers and airport layout; Transfer: Poor (no transfer track}; Landside: Reasonable

FNC:
Back to back: Reasonable due to small airport. You do need to go landside and return to airside. Bus from aircraft, passports, security, passports, walk to aircraft. Note: high risk of weather related diversions.

FRA:
Back to back: Reasonable to Poor; Transfer: Poor (particularly if coming off Schengen); Landside: Reasonable

FSC:
Back to back: Uncertain - if boarding passes can be issued in advance then it will be an easy landside transfer in a tiny airport. If boarding passes can only be collected in FSC then it's impossible.

FUE:
Back to back: Reasonable if out of the peak season, airbridges used. Have to go via passports landside and security, behind check in. Try Canaries+Families security if desperate.

GCI:
Back to back: Infeasible. There is no online or App check in, check-in can't be done in LCY or elsewhere due to FLY not implemented in Guernsey. No airside transfer either.

GIB:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. Must go landside, bearing right and back up through security. Turnaround can be long. Leave the aircraft early so as to beat the queue at passport arrivals.

GLA:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. Arrivals decant into departure hall normally.

GNB:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good: Walk to/from aircraft. Must go landside, outside and right back into departures. Long turnaround times make this feasible though Saturdays busy.

GOA:
Back to back: Reasonable; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable

GOT:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Excellent. Borderline foolproof. Arrivals decant into departure hall.

GVA:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good (but can be poor during ski season). Turn left in arrival lane to go back up to departures area.

HAJ:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen; Landside: Good. Arrivals decant into departure gate. See posts 1670 and 1671 below.

HAM:
Back to back: Very Good to Excellent - transfer security check (not busy, before immigration) then immediately back into the departures area; Transfer: Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen; Landside: Reasonable. Arrivals and departures are now separated, and very occasionally bus to baggage hall.

HEL:
Back to back: Good: Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. Incoming passengers can reverse direction just before Schengen passports. If a bus from gate, you will need to rush.

HER:
Back to back: Infeasible. There is no online or App check in, it's a bus transfer and arrivals / departures are in separate buildings.

INN:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. You have to go landside, and there is a bus transfer to/from the aircraft, but the airport is very small and highly efficient.

INV:
Back to back: Good to Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. You have to go landside and through security. See here for more info.

IOM:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good (no flight connections but small airport)

IST:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Poor ( Would lose 15-20 minutes if lanside option is preferred )

JER:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Good; Landside: Good. Arrivals decant into departure hall, sometimes you need to double back to the BA lounge.

JMK:
Back to back: Nearly impossible due to clunky arrival processing and use of buses.

JTR:
Back to back: Impossible: bus transfer, slow passports.

KEF:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if non Schengen, Good otherwise; Landside: Good. BA flights tip arriving passengers into the departure gate. Foolproof. NB LCY flights pax use a bus from a remote stand, still easy as dropped off less than 100M from the departure gate.

KLX:
Back to back: Moderately risky due to boarding passes only being issued at check-in. No buses used normally, walk off plane straight into very small building.

KRK:
Back to back: Nearly impossible due to clunky arrival processing and use of buses.

LBA:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. Have to go landside for any connection or b2b but small airport, see here for further details

LCA:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. There is a "Connecting Flights" channel on the left of the arrivals corridor, half way along, well before passports.

LEI:
Back to back: Moderate to risky: you have to go via landside, and you need the return boarding pass before travel. But it's a small and efficient airport. No buses are used, it's similar to LCY in operation.

LHR T3:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. Follow connecting flights route, which can be as quick as 11 mins from disembark to through security. No conformance unlike T5. see here.

LIG:
Back to back: Good to Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. See this post for more information

LIS:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. There is a security check to the right, immediately before and avoiding the passport desks. Risk of bus gates, but still OK.

LIN:
Back to back: Not a good place due to bus transfer and needing to go fully landside; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable to Poor (bus gates)

LPA:
Back to back: Possibly OK if off peak. Some flights are bus gates, but it's a relatively small and efficient airport. OLCI and App check in both work.

LUX:
Back to back: Very Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. Landside route is described here: Airside transfer door described here.

MAD T4:
Back to back: Very good; Transfer: Good to Reasonable depending on arriving terminal. Landside: Reasonable See this post for full details.

MAH:
Back to back: Good to excellent, see post number 563.

MAN:
Back to back: Reasonable to Poor; Transfer: Reasonable to Poor: Landside: Reasonable to Poor

MCT:
Back to back: Excellent - direct transfer route

MJV:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good provided you avoid a peak time More information here. (Murcia San Javier airport closed in Jan 2019 and was replaced by RMU)

MLA:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. This this post and linked blog for details.

MRS:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. There is a transfer and security point just before going down to passports. Use the phone on the post to ask for it to be opened it for you; however, there is no guarantee that it will and you may have to exit to landside and re-enter through departures security.

MUC:
Back to back: Very good; Transfer: Good but note 2 terminals; Landside: Good. Transfer point after passport, details in this post

MXP:
Back to back: Good (bit of walk to Transfer facility); Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. Thread links here.

NCE:
Back to back: Reasonable; Transfer: Poor; Landside: Good. There is a direct transfer route by turning into the door way on the right before the slope up to passports

NCL:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent if domestic, otherwise Good; Landside: Good. Arrivals decant into departure hall.

NQY:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good (no flight connections but small airport). See post 475 for more information.

NTE:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. see this post.

NUE:
Back to back: Impractical unfortunately due to no OLCI, all check in done at the airport

OLB:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Excellent. Arriving into Olbia is via jetty to the departure gate, no passports or security. Note no OLCI via the App, more info here.

ORK:
Back to back: Good, do need to clear passports and security but very small and efficient airport.

ORY:
Back to back: Not recommended due to fast turnarounds on LCY services. You have to go fully landside and back in again, via 2 passport checks and a security check.

OPO:
Back to back: Excellent (Look for grey escalator going up); Transfer: Good (reasonable if Schengen); Landside: Reasonable

OTP:
Back to back: Good as at April 2019. Poor as of 29 Dec 18; Transfer: Excellent (See post #1919); Landside: Good to Reasonable. Arrival experience and speed of transit depends on arrival gate. On some arrivals, there is a Connection facility on the right at Passport Control after leaving aircraft although sometimes it is up some stairs and on the left. If this is the case, you need to go to the top of the stairs to see a passport official / go to passport desk (to explain you have arrived from London and are going straight back to London - likely resulting in a confused look on the officer's face) before returning half way down the stairs to go through security.

OSL:
Back to back: Good on the whole; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. (See experiences in this post, this post, this post and this post.)

OVD:
Back to back: Not really suitable. This is really an Iberia Express route but leaves T5 under BA code. The aircraft is based in OVD not LHR. Small efficient airport though.

PFO:
Back to back: Good on the whole, but you do need to go landside. However it is a small airport. May not be so good on a busy Saturday during school holidays. Note bus transfers however.

PMO:
Airport is currently being rebuilt. Once completed potentially a good option due to airbridge. Departure security is two floors above arrivals (use lift)

PMI:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Excellent. Borderline foolproof - you are landed direct into boarding area

PRG:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Ungraded; Landside: Ungraded. For back-to-back the LHR-PRG arrival dumps you right into the main corridor of that pier; walk 100 ft. to security check for the BA boarding lounge and you'll be good to go.

PRN:
Back to back: Possible but not recommended, see post 557.

PSA:
Back to back: Reasonable; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable (not the best location since there are a lot of LCC and you have to reclear security from landside). (August 2018 review and comment)

PUY:
Back to back: Unrealistic, due to the bus transfer process followed by passport control.

RAK:
Back to back: Terrible; Transfer: Ungraded; Landside: Ungraded. See post #1353 below

RHO:
Back to back: Infeasible - no OLCI or App check in, bus transfers from gates. Also airport very busy on Saturday PM and Sunday AM.

RTM:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Good (Reasonable during morning/evening peaks)

SEZ:
Back to back: Excellent. Use the Transit desk at the right side of the immigration hall, opposite end to passport control, see this post.

SKG:
Back to back: Reasonable; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. Note bus transfers on apron.

SOF:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Reasonable. Arrivals decant into departure area.

SPU:
Back to back: Reasonable but there is a bus transfer and then landside; Transfer: Reasonable but transfer routes seems to be from Star Alliance; Landside: Reasonable

STR:
Back to back: Reasonable (stairs from baggage hall back to security. Can't avoid security/passports); Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. Report here.

SVG:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Excellent; Landside: Excellent. Borderline foolproof, though only restricted number of flights

SVQ:
Back to back: Reasonable but need to exit landside and go up through departures, security. and passports is by the gate. Compact airport, fast security even if queuing.

SZG:
Back to back: Reasonable; Transfer: Reasonable; Landside: Reasonable. No transfer channel and note bus transfers, but small airport.

TFS:
Back to back: Reasonable but in all cases involves going landside. May be tricky to reclear security in peak holiday season.

TIA:
Back to back: Probably impractical. There is a bus transfer process and passport checks/stamps takes a while (Albania isn't in the EU).

TLL:
Back to back: Very good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. see this post.

TLV:
Back to back: At your own risk. There is a transfer route with security on the way to passport control just after the rotunda.

TNG:
Back to back: No transfer or B2B route. Have to pass immigration, customs and security again. Airport is tiny (think 10 flights a day) and B2B is perfectly doable provided no problems at immigration.

TRN:
Back to back: Reasonable to Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. No short cuts to avoid going landside via passports x2 and security, apart from Fast Track security, but a small and efficient airport.

TXL:
Back to back: Good (security takes place in limited area by arriving gate); Transfer: Good; Landside: Good. Security is at gates, if using A gates. NB: Currently, this usually includes LCY flights, which now mostly use A gates like LHR flights. TXL Closed in November 2020, replaced by BER.

UIP:
Back to back: Good - very small airport, tarmac walk.

VCE:
Back to back: Very good; Transfer: Good at off-peak times; Landside: Reasonable. See this post for details

VIE:
Back to back: Excellent (BEWARE: see here); Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable

VLC:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. There's no transfer route so you have to go via landside. Departures is straight up from the arrival point. Disagree with the previous two sentences. For me, a direct turnaround from gates 12-14 was possible without going landside. Took less than a minute.

VNO:
Back to back: Excellent; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. Arriving passengers enter departing passenger area. [BA have codeshare and also has TP Run options via AY]

VRN:
Back to back: Good; Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable. There's no transfer route so you have to go landside but it's a very small airport and there is Fast Track.

WAW:
Back to back: Good (small connection facility on left after airbridge); Transfer: Good; Landside: Reasonable

ZAG:
Back to back: Good (must re-clear security--this is effectively an international transfer); Transfer: Good (must re-clear security [there are separate transfers for international to international near east end of a/p and international to domestic with passport control near west end of a/p] but airport is small); Landside: Reasonable (must clear passport control, go downstairs through baggage claim to exit, outside and upstairs to check-in, upstairs again to the top floor for security and passport control and then back downstairs to the gate level.

ZRH:
Back to back: Generally good but see this post and the replies for more information.

ZTH:
Back to back: Infeasible due to buses and no online check-in possibilities. Somewhat unfortunate given the small airport. No transfer route, you must enter Schengen and go to landside.




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Old Apr 14, 19, 11:55 am
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No problem with this. On day 1, fly LHR-EDI-LHR without checking anything. On day 2, check your bag in for LHR-MAD.

Don't risk getting told off by c-w-s about only allowing a few hours between LHR-EDI and EDI-LHR. If you're not going to back-to-back, then Edinburgh's such a lovely place that you should make a whole day of it.
I think I will. Morning flight up. Come back in the afternoon. Went a little while ago to look at the uni actually and the trams made it easy to get to and from the airport. Also dont fly J very often at all so will make sure to have enough time to have a look in the lounge although Im sure nothing special. ^
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Old Apr 14, 19, 11:56 am
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. No doubt @ CWS is going to tell me off for a few hours connection in EDI and not B2B but I can decide that later anyway.
Yes, you're quite right, it's not recommended, unless you like avoidable extra stress. B2B is indeed safer, and as good as fool proof there. And you'd even get a lounge visit in on a B2B (though NCL is a bit better still in that respect). Once you've done a B2B there you'll wonder why the thought ever crossed your mind to do it differently. But if you take the tram or bus into EDI i will forgive you on this occasion. The bus is still quicker except in the rush hour in the relevant direction of travel.

But for adding the bags, that's fine, no problem at all, however at OLCI just select "don't know" on the baggage selection. FLY does set up baggage records based on your answer but doesn't understand the idea of mid flight additions. Any agent can resolve it, but they will be rolling their eyes while they do it. "Don't know" seems to keep the slate clean until you do add in the bags. Bags can be added airside or landside. They can be added at Flight Connections International too, but not in UK Flight Connections.
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Yes, you're quite right, it's not recommended, unless you like avoidable extra stress. B2B is indeed safer, and as good as fool proof there. And you'd even get a lounge visit in on a B2B (though NCL is a bit better still in that respect). Once you've done a B2B there you'll wonder why the thought ever crossed your mind to do it differently. But if you take the tram or bus into EDI i will forgive you on this occasion. The bus is still quicker except in the rush hour in the relevant direction of travel.

But for adding the bags, that's fine, no problem at all, however at OLCI just select "don't know" on the baggage selection. FLY does set up baggage records based on your answer but doesn't understand the idea of mid flight additions. Any agent can resolve it, but they will be rolling their eyes while they do it. "Don't know" seems to keep the slate clean until you do add in the bags. Bags can be added airside or landside. They can be added at Flight Connections International too, but not in UK Flight Connections.
Thanks for the advice on bags to avoid the trouble. B2B Im sure is technically safer, but definitely more stressful. But Ill have so long in EDI with other flights to get me there if necessary. I think from my brief look Im going to have about 7 hours up there and go into town. If the BA flight is cancelled Ill have enough time to get to all of STN/LGW/LCY/LTN with huge number of options on EZY/RYR/BA/BE. Might even pay the almighty high price of 5 for a backup flight on Ryanair from STN.
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That should not be a bus gate so I think that will be fine for your purposes. You should have time for a swift drink in the lounge since the usual LCY gates are near to it. But consider a day out in Edinburgh, by perhaps buying a Plus ticket on the return leg, which will give you the flexibility to decide on the day. Greetings from the spring sunshine in Waverley station!
Hello corporate-wage-slave.Thanks for the quick note and it helped me not get stressed about the flight All completed now and was super easy and excellent
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Old Apr 17, 19, 4:58 am
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Review Back to Back return from EDI (Edinburgh)
Needed a B2B turnaround to retain Exec Level. Was only 45 points short and BA kindly gave me 2 weeks grace.
Decided on a LCY -> EDI BA2216 and back on BA2217. Took the risk and booked two single tickets as to avoid the min 2-3 hours forced return window thing. The singles allowed me to do the whole thing in 3.5 hours.

On the original day of the flight the plane coming from Germany had a fault and BA swapped for a smaller plane from Manchester. They were then 10+ seats oversold and asked for volunteers. I happened to be standing by the gate agents and jumped in immediately. They were happy enough to move both single tickets too the following week and gave me 250 Euro for my troubles.
When returning for the B2B, had seat 2C and this time not much drama. The flight was running late, but I did not care as it’s the same plane coming back from EDI. Pilots made up some time and we landed only 10min late. Swiftly off the plane, quick walk to the terminal. The gate was directly opposite the lounge. Nice new lounge. Into the lounge to use the facilities, grab a coffee and a oatmeal biscuit (or two). 5 min later they called for boarding. Back to London, bit of circling. Quickly out of the airport.
No immigration drama as internal flight. Never once needed to show my passport and without any bags super relaxed.
EDI is really very easy.

From Canary wharf at 10:30am for the 11:30am flight and was back at Canary Wharf by 15:00. Very cheap flight in the end with the 250 euro compensation.

And thank you for the help/advice from the members.

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Based on personal experience, I would upgrade TLV to reasonable, and if you pay for an expeditor service (which is surprisingly affordable), Id suggest its even better than that.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Blumie View Post
Based on personal experience, I would upgrade TLV to reasonable, and if you pay for an expeditor service (which is surprisingly affordable), Id suggest its even better than that.
I assume in the context of the current TLV schedule, it would have to be the BA167/166, which has the overnight stop? I guess the BA165/164 would be too tight at just under 2 hours
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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by travelsbyplane View Post
I assume in the context of the current TLV schedule, it would have to be the BA167/166, which has the overnight stop? I guess the BA165/164 would be too tight at just under 2 hours
Ive done the 2-hour same-day turn three times without any problem.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:21 pm
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Hi Guys. Based on the excellent ex-INV prices to LAS, I'm considering a B2B to position and then start the LAS ticket. I'm risk averse and in the past have always flown the night before, but encouraged by the reviews I'm thinking of a B2B. Is the plane we return on from INV going to be the plane we arrive on, so if we are delayed, the return will also be delayed, or is there a risk if our LHR flight is late? We would be HBO, so this seems the only risk, (early October so hopefully no weather issues) then we could return and sleep at LHR and start the transatlantic the next day. Is this the best way or would you suggest arriving the night before? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 2:47 am
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Originally Posted by skicowboys View Post
Hi Guys. Based on the excellent ex-INV prices to LAS, I'm considering a B2B to position and then start the LAS ticket. I'm risk averse and in the past have always flown the night before, but encouraged by the reviews I'm thinking of a B2B. Is the plane we return on from INV going to be the plane we arrive on, so if we are delayed, the return will also be delayed, or is there a risk if our LHR flight is late? We would be HBO, so this seems the only risk, (early October so hopefully no weather issues) then we could return and sleep at LHR and start the transatlantic the next day. Is this the best way or would you suggest arriving the night before? Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.
Yes it will be the same plane returning to LHR. Generally the flight numbers are 1 apart and the scheduled arrival and departure time are 50/45 minutes apart. You can always check registration numbers on flightradar24 for other days to double check. If the northbound it delayed the suthbound will be delayed too.

I personally would just do a b2b on the day at INV. Going overnight isn't necessary unless the rest of the itinerary timings dictate you need to get the first flight which departs INV around 0700 - this is a nightstopper so goes up on the evening before and departs first thing next day.

INV is easy, so go landside, back through security, and back to the gate.
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Old Apr 19, 19, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Yes it will be the same plane returning to LHR. Generally the flight numbers are 1 apart and the scheduled arrival and departure time are 50/45 minutes apart. You can always check registration numbers on flightradar24 for other days to double check. If the northbound it delayed the suthbound will be delayed too.

I personally would just do a b2b on the day at INV. Going overnight isn't necessary unless the rest of the itinerary timings dictate you need to get the first flight which departs INV around 0700 - this is a nightstopper so goes up on the evening before and departs first thing next day.

INV is easy, so go landside, back through security, and back to the gate.
Thank you, I'll give it a go.
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Hi All,

just about to leave OTP for a OTP-PHX run and on the return on Monday I need to do a B2B in order to get back for work!

when I landed yesterday I noticed all the passages to transfers were barriered off... anyone got any ideas??

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Originally Posted by joewailes View Post
Hi All,

just about to leave OTP for a OTP-PHX run and on the return on Monday I need to do a B2B in order to get back for work!

when I landed yesterday I noticed all the passages to transfers were barriered off... anyone got any ideas??

did you go upstairs and see transfers on the right roped off with immigration straight ahead? If so you need to attract the attention of one of the immigration officers to come and check your documents, and then let you through the rod off channel to transfer security.
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Recent Hamburg B2B?

Fellow travelers , has anyone done a B2B recently at Hamburg? I looked through prior threads and found references to occasional buses to the baggage hall and a new transfer security check.

I am on the BA 966/967 this Sunday - any recent experiences would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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What's the deal with BRU at the moment? Easy?
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