Quick assistance with Tirana check in

Old Dec 7, 19, 2:15 pm
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Quick assistance with Tirana check in

Hi, BA app says online check-in not available for TIA to LGW, and when I go to manage my booking in the "at the airport" section it says

Online check in not available
Self service check in not available
Airport desk check in not available

Is this just a temporary glitch, or does my ticket have a problem? Standard ticket, poug taken.

Thanks
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Old Dec 7, 19, 2:24 pm
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When I flew from Tirana recently it was certainly only possible to check in at the airport - no on-line options available, so make sure you have selected your seat before T-24. Quite why it is saying that desk check-in is unavailable is clearly a glitch, obviously you have to be able to check in at the airport...
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Old Dec 7, 19, 2:25 pm
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Why can't I check in online? OLCI and boarding pass difficulties might help.
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Old Dec 7, 19, 2:47 pm
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Was there in the last few weeks. Think it's a location specific thing.
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Old Dec 7, 19, 3:28 pm
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It's a Tirana thing.

Also be aware that the handling agents don't bother with priority boarding as the local manager thinks it's better for priority passengers if they board last because it's a bus gate so they might as well wait in the lounge and be the last to board to avoid the scrum. I understand his logic, but I would prefer to have the advertised and promised method of priority boarding rather than having him choose it for me. (He was very nice and courteous, just wrong )
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Old Dec 7, 19, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by ajamieson View Post
It's a Tirana thing.

Also be aware that the handling agents don't bother with priority boarding as the local manager thinks it's better for priority passengers if they board last because it's a bus gate so they might as well wait in the lounge and be the last to board to avoid the scrum. I understand his logic, but I would prefer to have the advertised and promised method of priority boarding rather than having him choose it for me. (He was very nice and courteous, just wrong )
I'll be flying from there in January. Is the lounge any good?
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Old Dec 7, 19, 11:41 pm
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Originally Posted by ajamieson View Post
It's a Tirana thing.

Also be aware that the handling agents don't bother with priority boarding as the local manager thinks it's better for priority passengers if they board last because it's a bus gate so they might as well wait in the lounge and be the last to board to avoid the scrum. I understand his logic, but I would prefer to have the advertised and promised method of priority boarding rather than having him choose it for me. (He was very nice and courteous, just wrong )
Last on the bus is first on the plane, isn't it?
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Old Dec 8, 19, 2:15 am
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Yes, if there’s only one bus.
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Old Dec 8, 19, 2:27 am
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If memory doesn't deceive me, Tirana is one of those so-called 'remote airports' (others that spring to mind, unless they changed, are the Croatian airports), where they use their own DCS system and then send all data to BA's.
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Old Dec 8, 19, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
I'll be flying from there in January. Is the lounge any good?
I was there in September , good lounge airside , everything else a bit " Albanian" place gets bussy in evenings as there are numerous flights on unknowen airlines flying mostly to Italy . One advantage the airport has is there are three or four moderate and cheap hotels all within a few hundred yards of the terminal
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Old Dec 8, 19, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by u01sss3 View Post
I'll be flying from there in January. Is the lounge any good?
There is a reasonably comfortable lounge airside. I wouldn't plan to spend too much time there though, Cathay first class lounge quality it was not! Enjoy Tirana, I thought it was a fascinating place.
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Old Dec 8, 19, 11:00 am
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Just to say that all was fine at the airport, regular check in counter experience.

What was not fine was the complete absence of gin and tonic in the TIA business lounge. A massive omission. I'd walked 10 miles today and really deserved one!
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:25 am
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Can confirm only desk checkin is available at Mother Theresa International. The lounge is fine, although lacks newspapers, gin and any decent food. BA normally boards from Gate 6, which you is directly opposite the lounge - I tend to look out of the lounge window and go down once the last few passengers are boarding. As noted above CE passengers are called to board first, but there is no priority line after that.
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