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The Mumbai Airport Transfer Guide (Domestic to International and vv)

The Mumbai Airport Transfer Guide (Domestic to International and vv)

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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 and you need to continue to follow the usual practice of changing terminal.

INTL-to-INTL connections:

NOTE: Air-India operates some domestic flight segments as extension of an oversees flight (Typically flight numbers <400 - Double check routing on AI website to confirm example: AI 144 EWR_BOM_DEL). They should be treated as INTL flights for immigration/rechek/customs purpose.

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 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 Sep 12, 14, 9:12 am
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Sleeping cabins in airport?

I will arrive from Sri Lanka at midnight on Jet and depart to Delhi at 6.30am on jet. I would like to know if there are sleeping cabins/pods available in the airport for a fee? Either the Int'l or the domestic. Given the short transfer it's not worth the money to go to a hotel... TIA.
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Old Sep 26, 14, 4:30 am
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Our BA flight to LHR departs at 13.45. I'm planning to leave the Taj Palace at 09.00 hrs on a Sunday morning. Is this considered to be about right? Also, what,if any, are the BA Lounge facilities at BOM?
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Old Sep 26, 14, 5:33 am
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You should be fine. BOM currently only has a common 'lounge' area, the individual lounge(s) of the airlines are still under construction.
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Old Sep 26, 14, 7:25 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
You should be fine. BOM currently only has a common 'lounge' area, the individual lounge(s) of the airlines are still under construction.
Thanks Oliver for the reassurance. Re the lounge, that's obviously why the BA website refers to it as a temporary facility.
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Old Sep 29, 14, 2:32 pm
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BOM International-Domestic connection

I did LHR-BOM-BLR last week on Virgin Atlantic (VS) connecting to a domestic Jet Airways (9W) flight. It was my first time into the new BOM international terminal and one had to wonder what thought-process went into designing it.

Most airports in the world actively seek to become hubs where airlines can easily connect passengers between flights. They do all they can to encourage smooth transfers, whether it is one terminal for all flights, fast connections between terminals, reducing queuing and stress points, etc.

BOM airport, ably assisted by Indian security/customs, decided to go the other way.

The entire sequence went like this:
- Exit at a gate very far from the passport control area
- Walk 15 mins at a good clip to get to passport control
- Force passengers to walk through duty-free immediately after that. That's right, at midnight, tired after a long flight, I need to shop for alcohol. On hindsight I should've.
- Collect bags and queue up in one of 4 scanners in green channel
- Turn left into a narrow corridor for domestic transfers to hand bags to Jet/Indigo/etc.
- Then go to a security checkpoint which had exactly 2 guys hand-scanning 100s of connecting pax. At an optimistic 30 sec/pax, that's a throughput of 240 pax per hour.
- After security join the massive queue for a bus to the domestic terminal. No airport employees in sight, one security guy standing around, one airline employee yelling alternately into a mobile or to the line "Ahmedabad", "Chennai" and such. *No* signage what-so-ever. One TV screen showed international arrivals, telling passengers which flights they just arrived on, and another screen showing departure times of domestic flights, their gates and status; thus increasing the waiting passengers' anxiety levels.
- After the queue stood still for 20 mins, a few dozen Ahmedabad pax were pulled from the line and whisked off.
- After another 15 mins, a secondary line formed and started moving. I asked which flights and was told Chennai/Kolkata/Bangalore. Rushed over to it, bottom off the steps another security guy checks your boarding pass just in case the 2 previous guys who checked it before and after security had missed it. One more queue.
- Get on a bus that proceeds in slow motion around the airport edge for 20 mins and drops you off at the domestic terminal baggage arrival area.
- The guy checking boarding passes into security insists that my Virgin issued boarding pass for the Jet flight *must* have the gate number on it or won't let me through. I said I can figure out my gate once I enter the waiting area, but that would be too traveller friendly for him. No cigar.
- So off I go the Jet check-in counters to have a Jet employee write 15 on my boarding pass and circle it. (Note to self, if doing this ever again, just write any number of the BP and circle it, no way the security guy knows.)
- Go back to the security area (queue now 3x the previous size).
- The BP is then checked and stamped into submission by security going in, the guy scanning me, the airline guy as I board the bus, and another airline guy as I climb the stairs. Side-note: Given it's 3am, and very few gates in use, why can't Jet use a regular jet-bridge?

No wonder DXB is the Indian traveller's most popular connection point.
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Old Sep 29, 14, 3:02 pm
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What part of this is news?
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Old Sep 29, 14, 8:53 pm
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Yeah, connecting in BOM is painful.
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let this be a lesson for you....always connect in del instead of bom....
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Old Sep 30, 14, 4:56 am
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Mumbai has been the worst airport to be connecting to domestic flights after an international travel or vice versa.
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Old Sep 30, 14, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
let this be a lesson for you....always connect in del instead of bom....
I came back via DEL, it was better from the airport point of view, although Jet tried to make it hard to connect. Not the airport's fault.

How is the DEL Domestic T1 to/T3 connection?
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Old Sep 30, 14, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
What part of this is news?
Agree it isn't news, but disappointing that after all the years and millions of investment in the airport, it doesn't address basic issues from a passenger point of view.
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Old Sep 30, 14, 6:50 am
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the domestic traffic is scheduled to be transitioned to Terminal 2 as well at some point of time (once they are able to build more aerobridges after destroying the old Terminal 2 building). I would believe this works like Delhi T3 there on.
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Old Oct 1, 14, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by pk45cu View Post
I came back via DEL, it was better from the airport point of view, although Jet tried to make it hard to connect. Not the airport's fault.
jet wouldn't be jet unless they made things difficult for you....

Originally Posted by pk45cu View Post
How is the DEL Domestic T1 to/T3 connection?
its similar to connecting in bom, however i have been told that its more organized....
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Old Oct 7, 14, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by A2A View Post
the domestic traffic is scheduled to be transitioned to Terminal 2 as well at some point of time (once they are able to build more aerobridges after destroying the old Terminal 2 building). I would believe this works like Delhi T3 there on.
question is when is this planned.. BOM has been having some kinda construction / refurbishment even since i recall..

Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
jet wouldn't be jet unless they made things difficult for you.......
+1
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Old Oct 9, 14, 2:52 am
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BOM change from 9W-454 to LH-765

Can somebody please help with our first extra-European flight? We're going PRG-FRA-DEL-JAI in February 2015 and on the return journey JAI-BOM-MUC-PRG there is only 2:35 hours at Mumbai to transfer from 9W-454 to LH-765 (terminal 1B to 2 according to the tickets). After what I've read about the airport I don't think it can be made?

Do we need to collect & check in again our bags or do they go direct? Also what happens if we miss the connecting flight? Do we automatically travel on the next one for no extra charge? All the flights have been booked together under one reference code but on the confirmation the Indian domestic and the international segments have their separate check in numbers, too
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