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Connecting Flights in Dusseldorf

Old Apr 27, 2014, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by rajqo
hey guys, I realized I will have only 1:05 layover from one airberlin flight to a transatlantic airberlin flight... looks like arrivals from schengen are B gates and departures to US with airberlin are from C gates... I want to know how long does it take to go from B arrival, to C departure gates?? just thinking if the first plane will be late (will arrive half-hour later for example) and I will have not 1:05 to change the planes, but only 35 minutes (and less...)... Is it doable to run from B gates to C gates in say... 15 minutes? I really don't want to miss this LAX flight because next one is scheduled after 2 days (only seasonal)
It`s not a long way, if you run you Need without security/ custom (this could be the Problem) 5 to 10 minutes.
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Old May 22, 2014, 4:42 pm
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Hello everyone,

I have an airberlin ticket from Sabiha Gkcen Istanbul (SAW) to Miami (MIA) via Dsseldorf. I have 20 hours (including the night ) between the connected flights and i just have US visa, not a Schengen visa. So I'm looking for if it's a problem or not.

I read all of the posts in here and now I have a conclusion that there is no problem for me. Because both departure(Turkey) and destination(US) are not Schengen area. Also from SAW to DUS Pegasus Airlines is the partner. At the DUS website they say that Pegasus Airlines uses the terminal C. DUS to MIA flight of airberlin is also from the terminal C. So there shouldn't be a passport control for me because of staying at the termianl C. Am I right? Is there any flaw in my reasoning?

And finally, are the seats of the terminal C comfortable enough to sleep on it

Thanks in advance.
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Old May 23, 2014, 12:45 am
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Originally Posted by promemati
Hello everyone,

I have an airberlin ticket from Sabiha Gkcen Istanbul (SAW) to Miami (MIA) via Dsseldorf. I have 20 hours (including the night ) between the connected flights and i just have US visa, not a Schengen visa. So I'm looking for if it's a problem or not.

I read all of the posts in here and now I have a conclusion that there is no problem for me. Because both departure(Turkey) and destination(US) are not Schengen area. Also from SAW to DUS Pegasus Airlines is the partner. At the DUS website they say that Pegasus Airlines uses the terminal C. DUS to MIA flight of airberlin is also from the terminal C. So there shouldn't be a passport control for me because of staying at the termianl C. Am I right? Is there any flaw in my reasoning?

And finally, are the seats of the terminal C comfortable enough to sleep on it

Thanks in advance.
Kindly refer to post #25 in the following thread.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/airbe...ms-time-2.html

Short version is DUS airside is not open 24 hours. Therefore you need to enter Germany. Whether you need a visa to enter Germany depends on your nationality. If you were transiting MUC or FRA, you should be ok staying airside for 20 hours without Schengen visa due to you holding a US visa.

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Old Jul 1, 2014, 3:38 pm
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Muc > dus > ord

Hey Guys,

got the following connection:

LH2008 MUC > DUS
LH436 DUS > ORD

45mins time between flights.

I never connected in DUS before, so I wonder if the time is enough?!

After all I read here, it schould be more than enough, but still wondering.

Luggage will be taken care of?

Hope some DUS experts can still my fears!

PS: fantastic forum, looking forward to be active here
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Old Jul 2, 2014, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by rothstein
Hey Guys,

got the following connection:

LH2008 MUC > DUS
LH436 DUS > ORD

45mins time between flights.

I never connected in DUS before, so I wonder if the time is enough?!

After all I read here, it schould be more than enough, but still wondering.

Luggage will be taken care of?

Hope some DUS experts can still my fears!

PS: fantastic forum, looking forward to be active here
This is no problem. All Lufthansa flight arrive at terminal / concourse A and the ways between the gates are short. You will have to pass customs / immigration, but this is also not really a problem.

Your luggage will be checked all the way to ORD from MUC and - assuming it is on one ticket - will get your boarding pass for the flight DUS - ORD already in Munich.
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Old Jul 2, 2014, 6:35 am
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Hi FLYGVA,

thanks for your reply!

Yes, it is on one ticket - so, everything should be alright.

Thanks for reassuring me!
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 11:28 am
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Hello,
I am flying CLE-EWR-DUS-CDG. CLE-EWR is UA, the rest are on LH.

DUS-CDG is a 70 minute connection, which from reading through this thread should be enough time. Am I able to check in and print my boarding pass on LH's site, or do I need to pick it up in DUS? With this intra-europe connection, will my bags automatically be checked all the way through from CLE-CDG, or do I need to pick them up in DUS and re-check them? UA's website is terrible when it comes to this information.

ETA: I see others have asked about connecting flights in terminal B and passport control...but I am guessing I will be arriving in Terminal A. Will I need to go through passport control in DUS for my onward flight to CDG?

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Old Jul 28, 2014, 9:46 pm
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Since EWR-DUS and DUS-CDG is LH, you should be able to obtain BPs and check bags to CDG from LH at EWR (if for whatever reason UA can't do it at CLE).

If bags are tagged to CDG, you do not need to do anything at DUS other than clear passport control.
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 10:12 am
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(Cross-posted.)
I am traveling with my 77 year old mother-in-law (and, an Indian 77 year old is physically much older than an American or European 77 year old!). Both of us are US citizens.

We were supposed to travel on June 1 from Miami as follows:
MIA-TXL-MUC-DOH-BLR.
The two tickets are business class awards, using AA miles.

When I found out last week that MIA-TXL is being canceled effective May 3, we asked for rebooking and as of now, are being rebooked as follows:
MIA-DUS-MUC-DOH-BLR

But while we had nearly 2 hours connecting time in TXL, we now have only 1 hour and 20 minutes connecting time at DUS.

Questions:
1. Is 80 minutes enough to connect at DUS, with a 77 year old lady who has limited mobility (can walk about 500 meters, slowly)?

2. Do we have go through immigration / customs / security again, or is it only transit security?

3. How good is wheelchair or other special services at DUS? (At FRA, we found it to be highly variable quality; sometimes good, at other times, we were left at many intermediate stops, sometimes for 30+ minutes waiting at an intermediate stop, never knowing when the next pickup will happen).

4. If, we find that we are lucky and have time, where would the better lounge be -- in DUS, or in MUC? And, what lounges can we access? (Unfortunately, the DUS-MUC is an all-economy flight.)

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by raghu
(Cross-posted.)
I am traveling with my 77 year old mother-in-law (and, an Indian 77 year old is physically much older than an American or European 77 year old!). Both of us are US citizens.

We were supposed to travel on June 1 from Miami as follows:
MIA-TXL-MUC-DOH-BLR.
The two tickets are business class awards, using AA miles.

When I found out last week that MIA-TXL is being canceled effective May 3, we asked for rebooking and as of now, are being rebooked as follows:
MIA-DUS-MUC-DOH-BLR

But while we had nearly 2 hours connecting time in TXL, we now have only 1 hour and 20 minutes connecting time at DUS.

Questions:
1. Is 80 minutes enough to connect at DUS, with a 77 year old lady who has limited mobility (can walk about 500 meters, slowly)?

2. Do we have go through immigration / customs / security again, or is it only transit security?

3. How good is wheelchair or other special services at DUS? (At FRA, we found it to be highly variable quality; sometimes good, at other times, we were left at many intermediate stops, sometimes for 30+ minutes waiting at an intermediate stop, never knowing when the next pickup will happen).

4. If, we find that we are lucky and have time, where would the better lounge be -- in DUS, or in MUC? And, what lounges can we access? (Unfortunately, the DUS-MUC is an all-economy flight.)

Thanks in advance for your help.

First speaking as one of the two moderators of this forum, cross posting is fine to me in this case.

As a flyertalker and someone who is based in Dsseldorf, it should be okay. Usually flights from the US are considered safe and thus means you do not have to clear security again. But till June next year, we most probably will see some more adjustment to the schedule, in so far, the duration between the flights might change again.

I have not experience myself, but having a colleague with a former boyfriend who needed a wheelchair, was told it is reliable if booked in advance. She receommend to remind the airline within two weeks and re-confirm the wheelchair.
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by raghu

4. If, we find that we are lucky and have time, where would the better lounge be -- in DUS, or in MUC? And, what lounges can we access? (Unfortunately, the DUS-MUC is an all-economy flight.)
Original post kept for reference:

First of all, DUS-MUC actually offers business class service, while the cabin doesn't really differ from economy (but the middle seats are blocked). However, it might be possible that you're booked in economy on this leg (check your booking class - if it's I, you'll be in Business, if it's X, you'll be in economy). If you're booked in Business, you'll have access to the Business Class Lounge which is accessible (if booked in Economy, you might try to get in based on your arriving flight in Business, but no guarantee). Unless you hold *G status, you won't be admitted to the Senator Lounge (which is also accessible). If you have access to both lounges, you should consider the following points: The Business Class lounge is better in terms of view, seating capacity and seat comfort. Also, it's a bit more spacious which will facilitate your manoeuvering with a wheelchair. The Senator Lounge has showers (not sure wheter they're accessible) and a slightly better food spread but a somewhat restricted view and the seats are not too comfortable.

I haven't been to the MUC business class lounges for a while, but I'd say they are on par with the offerings found in DUS (maybe slightly better in terms of food, and I like the beer garden arrangements there), but the lounges in both airports are better than hanging around in the concourse while far from being high-end (this also applies to the Senator Lounges).

Edit: Uh, sorry, I wasn't realizing that you're pobably booked on Air Berlin.. I cannot say anything about AB's lounges in DUS (but haven't heard very positive things about them), but I'd advise you to check back on AB's lounge access policy whether they will allow you in based on your incoming flight.

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Old Oct 28, 2014, 8:53 pm
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From the AB DUS page (and posted on the first page of this thread):

Transferring from a long-haul to a short-haul flight:
When you have gone through passport control, just follow the signs for "Departures B". You will not be leaving the customs area. Nevertheless, you will need to observe the regulations for carrying liquids in your cabin baggage, as another security check will be required on entry into an EU country. Passengers already in possession of their boarding pass for the connecting flight can go straight to their departure gate. Passengers without a boarding pass for their connecting flight should contact the airberlin transfer counter in Arrivals C, after passport control, or in Departures B, after the security check E1.
Can't speak to how good wheelchair service is, as I've never had to use it, but unlike the sprawling mess that is FRA, DUS is a fairly efficient airport, so I would imagine you'd have fewer problems. AB's policy:

Registration
To ensure that we can make the best possible preparations for you, please let us know what assistance you require, preferably when you book your flight, but not later than 48 hours prior to departure. It is also advisable to register well in advance because the number of flight guests with limited mobility per flight may be restricted and depends in particular on the type of aircraft scheduled for the flight. We will require the following information when you register:
Name of passengers and travel companion, if applicable
(Number of your severe disability pass)
Degree of disability
Nature of disability


Please contact our Service Center [866 266 5588] to register for the services listed below.


Escort at the departure and destination airport
airberlin offers passengers requiring assistance a free escort service at both the departure and destination airports. Wheelchairs can be provided free of charge for passengers with a walking or severe disability for the transfer to and from the aircraft. When you reserve this service, please let us know how much assistance you will require.
AB has special "waiting areas" that are pointless -- they offer free newspapers and soft drinks in partitioned-off areas of the main terminal that do not in any way resemble lounges. However, as you are traveling on a J award, you'd be eligible for admittance into the fairly nice Hugo Junkers lounge in the Schengen terminal (B) at DUS. oneworld lounge rules state that since you're connecting to an international long-haul in business, you should be admitted to the lounge even though you're traveling in economy on that leg.

Assuming MUC-DOH is on QR, which I believe leaves from T1B at MUC, you'd have access to the BA Galleries lounge there. It's a bit on the smaller side, but perfectly serviceable for a brief rest.

Obviously a 2 hour connection is slightly more preferable as it gives you a slightly larger cushion should your inbound be delayed, but if your flight arrives relatively on time, 1h20m is plenty of time to connect at DUS, even with an elderly mother. (Whether you'll have time to stop in the lounge, though, is a different question.)

How long is your layover in MUC?
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Old Nov 4, 2014, 9:28 am
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Layover in Dusseldorf Germany

My family and I are traveling from JFK to Rome with a layover in Dusseldorf. We are flying Air Berlin the whole flight to Rome. Will a 1 hour 40 minute layover be enough time for us and our luggage to get to the new flight. Arrive at 6:55 AM and depart 8:35 AM. None of speak German and are not familiar with this airport at all. Thanks!
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Old Nov 4, 2014, 10:53 am
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London---Dusseldorf---Rome

Afternoon--

Not having flown into Dusseldorf (flying Air Berlin) I am curious if 1 hour 40 minutes will be enough time to connect to my other Air Berlin flight to Rome. There will be four of us with carry ons and checked luggage. If we make it, is it likely that our luggage will make it as well. We arrive at 6:55 AM. Thanks!
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Old Nov 4, 2014, 5:14 pm
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It's a comparatively smaller airport for Germany & that's more than enough time for your bags to transfer. You'll go through immigration in Dusseldorf prior to transferring to the Rome flight. Won't be a problem.
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