Connection in ATH

Old Aug 27, 08, 3:41 am
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Connection in ATH

I will be flying from SIN to LHR via ATH (as my flight will be hours after Singapore F1 Gran-Prix - all direct flights to London as well as flights to FRA, CDG, ZUR, AMS are solid overbooked). I managed to find only ATH to get me to Europe (on SQ) that day.

I will arrive ATH on 07:20 (with SQ J and hand-laggage only). What are my chances to make quick connection to BA631 departing 08:15?
Is it too short time for reality of ATH airport, transfer hall, distances between transfer desks and gates, security delays etc?
I recall ATH has always had a bit dubious reputation (at least before 2004 Olympic Games) but I will be passing it during low season, early morning on Tuesday...

My next option is OA (Olympic Airline) leaving ATH mid morning.
Any thoughts about OA? I am a bit concerned about their safety records (as far as I remember). What about their J?

Any advise (any other connection options in Europe?) would be very welcome, many thanks!
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Old Aug 27, 08, 4:41 am
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Assuming your flight arrives on time (which with SQ should be no problem) then you should be fine. The new airport is efficient and since you'll have hand-luggage only you'll be all set. I would just OLCI and PYOB so you can skip the transfer desk on arrival.

SQ and BA both fly from the non-Schengen part of the terminal making the connection even easier. And you'll connect airside - so no problems.

But, if I were you i'd get a flexible ticket just in the off chance there's a last minute glitch on your inbound.
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