Johannesburg Early Check In

Old Oct 21, 19, 1:48 pm
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Johannesburg Early Check In

Flying out of Johannesburg back to London tomorrow on the 7:20pm. Seeing as comair operate out if there, is check in available from early afternoon so I can go chill in the lounge for a few hours? Flying first so I understand I can use the slow lounge currently.
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Old Oct 21, 19, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by GaxxyFlyer View Post
Flying out of Johannesburg back to London tomorrow on the 7:20pm. Seeing as comair operate out if there, is check in available from early afternoon so I can go chill in the lounge for a few hours? Flying first so I understand I can use the slow lounge currently.
Usually check in opens at T -3 hours or thereabouts with the BA lounge opening about the same time. However given that the BA lounge is closed for refurb at the moment you might have a chance of getting in early. Remember that the Comair interanl flights leave from terminal B, whereas the international flights are from A.

FWIW, I usually have a nice lte lunch in the city (The Codfather or Grillhouse and get to the airport around 4.00pm.
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Originally Posted by johnaalex View Post
Usually heck in opens [...].
I can't be the only one that laughed at that.

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Originally Posted by internetplumber View Post
I can't be the only one that laughed at that.

Wot????
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Originally Posted by GaxxyFlyer View Post
Seeing as comair operate out if there, is check in available from early afternoon so I can go chill in the lounge for a few hours?
Originally Posted by johnaalex View Post
Remember that the Comair interanl flights leave from terminal B, whereas the international flights are from A.
The most important thing for the OP is that BA (mainline) and Comair are two separate airlines, and I've never heard of Comair accepting bags for a BA (mainline) flight. (Before the pedants come to take me away, Comair --> BA connections are obviously a different matter.)

I think that all of Comair's flights, whether international or domestic, check in at Terminal B. In fact, Terminal A and Terminal B are not really separate terminals, but just two different check-in areas. Although I believe that Terminal A is only for international flights, Terminal B is not for domestic flights only. That check-in area handles, for example, all South African Airways flights, wherever they are going.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 12:08 am
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Thanks for the replies but can you clarify? Is the BA check in the same as the comair international check in? If so, surely it's open all afternoon?
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Originally Posted by johnaalex View Post

FWIW, I usually have a nice lte lunch in the city (The Codfather or Grillhouse and get to the airport around 4.00pm.
This is the way to do it. Meal in Sandton then the Gautrain to the airport.
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Originally Posted by GaxxyFlyer View Post
Thanks for the replies but can you clarify? Is the BA check in the same as the comair international check in? If so, surely it's open all afternoon?
No as Globaliser has already pointed out, BA have their own check in. Comair will not take your bags for a BA service to LHR.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 12:37 am
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No as Globaliser has already pointed out, BA have their own check in. Comair will not take your bags for a BA service to LHR.
Ah yes. Thatís what happens when you try and read 10 mins after waking up.

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This is the way to do it. Meal in Sandton then the Gautrain to the airport.
If I have a few hours between an arriving domestic flight and the departing BA flight I have found lunch at the IC at the airport to be reasonable quality and a good place to spend an hour or two.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 1:34 am
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Depends upon your preference:


BA Inflight Steak

OR


Steak at The Grillhouse

Our office is currently at Rosebank, so I head to the Grillhouse there, enjoy a fabulous (nay, tremendous, gorgeous, superb) steak, then hop on to the train. It's an early dinner, but oh so much better than eating on the flight.

NB/ Apologies - no idea if its possible to resize the images inline.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 3:24 am
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South Africa night flights are perfect for sleeping so I endorse the eat before and maximise rest on board! The catering ex JNB is pretty average too. Mixed Fleet are also glacially slow at serving on this route / both the good and less good crews seem to take an equal and inordinate amount of time.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 5:11 am
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This is the way to do it. Meal in Sandton then the Gautrain to the airport.
To make things slightly easier, from the end of the month the Gautrain fares will be payable with any contactless credit / debit card (as in London), rather than needing a Gold Card (similar to Oyster).

https://www.gautrainalerts.co.za/con...ss-bank-cards/

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Old Oct 22, 19, 6:30 am
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in my experience BA counters open around 3.00pm and they are in the international terminal with dedicated BA staff....Speedy checkin and immigration could see you in the lounge within 30 minutes !!
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