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Mumbai airport (BOM) connection/transfer/transit questions - dedicated thread

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Old Jan 13, 19, 9:04 pm   -   Wikipost
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PLEASE NOTE that CERTAIN DOMESTIC FLIGHTS OF Air India are ACTUALLY segments of INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT and hence for the following discussion should be considered INTL flights. Note that currently none of JET AIRWAYS flights fall into this category. ONLY CERTAIN AIR INDIA flights


TRANSFER at BOM

Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara operate all of their international and domestic flights out of the same NEW terminal (T2). There is no need to change terminal or take any bus/taxi.

Low-cost airlines operate out of legacy Santacruz domestic terminal (T1) and you need to continue to follow the usual practice of changing terminal.
(For those not familiar with Santacruz Airport - CSIA - while both T1 and T2 uses same airfield and runaways, they are quite apart landside and can be 25-45 min by taxi depending on the traffic)

If first time in BOM then it is advisable to book connection with AI or 9W or Vistara to avoid this transfer between terminals.

INTL-to-INTL connections:

If both legs are on the same airline or on airlines that have interlined agreement, then your bags will be tagged to your final destination. But verify this fact when you actually check your bags at your origination and reconfirm by inspecting the bag tags.

Otherwise you have to go through immigration, collect bags and check-in again. This may need appropriate Visa too. If you have to do this, provide for 3 to 4 hours layover to be safe.

INTL-to-DOM transfer

Practice is similar to what you may find at major airports in the world such as JFK, LHR, etc. You have to go through immigration, collect bags, go through customs and then TURN LEFT upon exit from customs towards transfer area. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT into Semi-controlled reception area.

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tarrifs of excess baggage. Also in case of delayed incoming flight, you will be most likely accomodated on the domestic portion.

Note that certain dometic looking segments of AI are actually onward leg of continuing International flight such as EWR-BOM-AMD flight. When connecting to/from these flights, treat them as INTL segments.

DOM-to-INTL transfer

It is best to have entire reservation on single PNR to avail of better baggage allowance. Otherwise expect to pay high tarrifs of excess baggage. Your bags will be most likely tagged to your final destination when it is same airline or when airlines have interline agreement. Again, best to double check and reconfirm by looking at the bag tags. Otherwise, you have to collect bags at BOM and check-in again. Please check with your airline for the current process. Posts on this thread that are more than couple of months old, should be in "Trust but Verify" category.

If your incoming flight to BOM has been classified as international flight (currently applicable to certain AI flights only) then you would have already completed emmigration (exit from India) process at your origination and you will simply follow INTL-to-INTL connection at BOM.

Otherwise, you will go through emmigration process at BOM airport even when your bags are checked to your final destination directly.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by desi View Post
This has been asked and answered many times on this thread recently.

Separate reservation will have its own baggage allowance. Class/Status/CreditCard may help but that should be clear from AI website.

You will be going through customs and checking in at BOM.

This is not India specific problem,

Think about flying BA from LHR to LAX in First and then buying a separate ticket on frontier or spirit or even united. They will not give a damn that you flew from London or flew on FIrst class on BA.

The best shot would be to have Singapore add separately purchased segment to your original PNR. (SIA may be able to sell you that segment on AI)
In addition check Vistara too.. IIRC they had the following earlier
pax in Premium Economy will be permitted two check-in bags of upto 23 kg each and pax in Economy Class will be permitted an enhanced check-in allowance of 23 kg total. This special allowance for Economy Class will be available within 24 hours of the passengerís international inbound or outbound travel.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 10:36 pm
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Could someone help me understand this Minimum Connection Time Chart?

I'm arriving into BOM terminal 2 from AUH on EY, connecting in Terminal 2 to a separately purchased domestic AI flight to GOI.

Is the minimum connect time 2hrs (TRM 2-2), 3hrs (**-AI), or 4hrs (AUH-ALL).

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Minimum Connect Times
STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE .30 2.30 3.00 1.00
OFFLINE .30 2.30 3.00 1.00
** OR * ARE ALL
**-AI ID 3.00
**-** ID 4.00 AUH - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 BAH - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 DMM - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 DOH - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 DXB - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 JED - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 KWI - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 MCT - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 RKT - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 RUH - ALL
**-** ID 4.00 SHJ - ALL
**-** ID 3.00 TRM 2 - 1
**-** ID 2.00 TRM 2 - 2
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Old Nov 14, 17, 12:46 am
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Since you are on separate tickets the mct chart is irrelevant. If it was on a single pnr it would have been 3h.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Since you are on separate tickets the mct chart is irrelevant. If it was on a single pnr it would have been 3h.
Thanks. I realize my flights aren't subject to any MCT, just trying to see what was "legal" to compare what I booked.

I've got 2 hours between my flights, though with no checked bags, so sounds like I'll be cutting it close. I've engaged PRANAAM GVK GUEST SERVICES which will hopefully help. I had a tight connection last year and made it with time to spare with their help. Cart from gate, plus went to the front of a separate security line.

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I've engaged PRANAAM GVK GUEST SERVICES which will hopefully help.
I think that should help for sure.
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Any recent experience on T2 > T1 transfers? Arriving at 4 am in T2, wondering whether to use the prepaid taxi in T2 or if there is a faster option. Hoping 4 am traffic isn't too bad around BOM
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Old Nov 16, 17, 11:08 pm
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Any recent experience on T2 > T1 transfers? Arriving at 4 am in T2, wondering whether to use the prepaid taxi in T2 or if there is a faster option. Hoping 4 am traffic isn't too bad around BOM
Guess you are going to T1 to catch some Low-cost carrier? (Because all majors now fly out of T2 and no need to go to T1)

If indeed going to T1 then Prepaid or Meru or TAB - all three have counters on both arrival floor as well as on the ground (Road level) level.

Traffic should not be a problem at all. There is elevated highway from T2 to WEH and T1 is very close to WEH.
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I will be connecting from 9W123 (Paris CDG - BOM) arrives 00:45
to 9W 463 BOM - MAA departs 02:55

Both flights are on the same reservation. Is this do-able?
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Old Nov 23, 17, 12:15 am
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I will be connecting from 9W123 (Paris CDG - BOM) arrives 00:45
to 9W 463 BOM - MAA departs 02:55

Both flights are on the same reservation. Is this do-able?
definitely do-able....
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Old Jan 26, 18, 11:43 pm
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MH-AI Int-Int Connection

I am planning the following flights in March with a same-day connection in BOM:

KUL-BOM on MH174 - Arrv 11:55
BOM-JED on AI965 - Dep 15:00 (Actual flight routing is BOM-HYD-JED)

I will be on separate tickets but travelling with hand baggage only.

My question is whether I need to clear immigration at BOM (and hence need a visa) or is this doable as an int-int connection?

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Old Jan 27, 18, 1:58 am
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MH will most probably ask for a visa. You can do a I/I connection on this setup, but need to satisfy the MH checkin agent. It would be better to have an evisa / eta paper handy.
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Old Jan 27, 18, 3:59 am
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Thanks Oliver2002! I am glad I stumbled on this thread. Prior to this, I had assumed there would not be any issue of landing in India as I was doing an int-int connection. But I guess now to be prudent, I'll take your advice and apply for an e-visa. Thanks again.
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I have a 3-4 hour wait time (2300 - 0300) in BOM T2 (domestic). Since I am flying in Y on 9W, I will not have access to the GVK lounge. Is it worth paying for the Loyalty lounge?

Arriving on LX (J) and transferring to 9W 381 (Y) to BLR (separate PNRs).
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Old Jan 27, 18, 1:53 pm
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The lounge is OK, better than sitting outside. Entry cost is reasonable, I think 9W will also sell you lounge access.
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Old Jan 27, 18, 3:06 pm
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thanks, hopefully at that hour it is not too crowded.
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