Beginners' guide to connecting at FRA [FRA connection thread]

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Welcome to the FRA connection thread! If you are new to FRA or this thread, please read the first post where you will find a summary of all pertinent information before asking more specific questions.

Current MCT in FRA connecting to/from LH:
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>dmlh/fra/lh DMLH/FRA/LH/23NOV16 FRA LH TO LH FRA-FRA FROM - TO D/D D/I I/D I/I CC FLTN-FLTR ORGN EQPTM-CC FLTN-FLTR DEST EQPTM HMM HMM HMM HMM LH BUS - --- --- --- 100 LH BR - --- --- 100 100 LH CA - --- --- 100 100 LH CN - --- --- 100 100 LH EG - --- --- 100 100 LH ET - --- --- 100 100 LH IN - --- --- 100 100 LH JP - --- --- 100 100 LH QA - --- --- 100 100 LH SG - --- --- 100 100 LH TH - --- --- 100 100 LH US - --- --- 100 100 LH ZA - --- --- 100 100 LH KJR - 100 100 --- --- LH KWQ - 100 100 --- --- LH QDU - 100 100 --- --- LH QKL - 100 100 --- --- LH QKU - 100 100 --- --- )>m LH ZWS - 100 100 --- --- LH KLT BUS - 100 100 --- --- LH SDA BUS - 100 100 --- --- LH 0400-0799 - --- --- 100 100 LH 7270-7329 - --- --- 100 100 LH 7330-7409 - --- --- --- 100 LH 7330-7409 BR - --- --- 100 --- LH 7270-7329 CN - --- --- 100 100 LH 5706-5769 PL - --- --- 100 --- LH 7330-7353 ZA - --- --- 045 045 LH - TRN 100 100 100 100 LH 5706-5769 PL - SC --- --- --- 100 LH - US --- 100 --- 100 LH - QKL --- --- 100 --- LH - ZWS --- --- 100 --- TRN -LH 100 100 100 100 LH BUS -LH 100 100 100 100 LH SC BUS -LH --- 100 --- 100 LH SC TRN -LH --- 100 --- 100 LH SC TRS -LH --- 100 --- 100 LH 7440-9415 US -LH --- --- 100 100 LH -LH BUS 100 100 100 100 )>m LH 6550-6849 -LH ICE --- --- 200 200 LH 6550-6849 -LH TRN --- --- 200 200 LH XER BUS -LH SC --- --- --- 100 LH -LH SC BUS --- --- 100 100 LH -LH SC TRN --- --- 100 100 LH -LH SC TRS --- --- 100 100 -LH BR --- 100 --- 100 -LH CA --- 100 --- 100 -LH CN --- 100 --- 100 -LH EG --- 100 --- 100 -LH ET --- 100 --- 100 -LH IN --- 100 --- 100 -LH JP --- 100 --- 100 -LH QA --- 100 --- 100 -LH SG --- 100 --- 100 -LH TH --- 100 --- 100 -LH US --- 100 --- 100 -LH ZA --- 100 --- 100 -LH KJR 100 --- 100 --- -LH KWQ 100 --- 100 --- -LH QDU 100 --- 100 --- -LH QKL 100 --- 100 --- )>m -LH QKU 100 --- 100 --- -LH TLV --- 100 --- 100 -LH ZWS 100 --- 100 --- LH -LH TLV --- --- --- 100 -LH KLT BUS 100 --- 100 --- -LH SDA BUS 100 --- 100 --- -LH 0400-0799 --- 100 --- 100 -LH 6550-6849 --- --- --- 100 -LH 7252-7269 --- 115 --- 115 -LH 7330-7409 --- --- --- 100 BUS -LH 0400-0799 --- 115 --- 115 LH -LH 7440-9415 --- 100 --- 100 LH BUS -LH 6550-6849 --- --- --- 200 LH ICE -LH 6550-6849 --- 200 --- 200 LH TRN -LH 6550-6849 --- 200 --- 200 LH TRN -LH 7440-9415 --- 130 --- --- LH 6550-6849 -LH 6850-6901 --- --- --- 200 LH 0001-3799 BUS -LH 0400-0799 --- 100 --- 100 LH 0001-3799 ICE -LH 0400-0799 --- 100 --- 100 LH 0001-3799 TRN -LH 0400-0799 --- 100 --- 100 LH 0001-3799 TRS -LH 0400-0799 --- 100 --- 100 LH 6850-6901 LUX -LH 6550-6849 --- --- --- 200 )>m LH 6550-6849 LUX -LH 6850-6901 --- --- --- 200 LH 0400-0799 -LH 0001-3799 BUS --- --- 100 100 LH 0400-0799 -LH 0001-3799 ICE --- --- 100 100 LH 0400-0799 -LH 0001-3799 TRN --- --- 100 100 LH 0400-0799 -LH 0001-3799 TRS --- --- 100 100 1-LH 6010-6299 SC 1 --- --- --- 100 2-LH 6010-6299 SC 1 --- --- --- 130 SC 1-LH 6010-6299 SC 1 --- --- --- 045 SC 2-LH 6010-6299 SC 1 --- --- --- 100 BR -LH 6032-6280 SC 1 --- --- --- 150 EZE -LH 6032-6280 SC 1 --- --- --- 200 -LH 7330-7409 BR --- 100 --- --- -LH 5706-5769 PL --- 100 --- --- SC -LH 5706-5769 PL --- --- --- 100 LH -LH 7440-9415 US --- 100 --- 100 LH TRN -LH 7440-9415 US --- 130 --- --- LH QDU -LH 7440-9415 US --- 130 --- --- LH QKL -LH 7440-9415 US --- 130 --- --- LH ZWS -LH 7440-9415 US --- 130 --- --- LH 6550-6849 -LH 6320-6479 AT --- --- --- 100 LH 0001-3799 SC -LH 0400-0799 SG --- 045 --- 045 LH 0001-3799 SC -LH 0400-0799 US --- 045 --- 045 )>m LH 0001-3799 SC -LH 0400-0799 ZA --- 045 --- 045 LH 0001-3799 SC TRS -LH 0400-0799 US --- 100 --- --- LH 0443 -LH 0126 --- --- 050 --- LH 0463 -LH 0270 --- --- --- 055 LH 0741 -LH 0274 --- --- --- 055 LH 0419 -LH 0324 --- --- --- 055 LH 0491 -LH 0392 --- --- --- 050 LH 0691 -LH 0440 --- --- --- 050 LH 0949 -LH 0456 --- --- --- 050 LH 1335 -LH 0470 --- --- --- 055 LH 1235 -LH 0498 --- --- --- 050 LH 1133 -LH 0506 --- --- --- 055 LH 1235 -LH 0542 --- --- --- 045 LH 1219 -LH 0578 --- --- --- 055 LH 0055 -LH 0634 --- 055 --- --- LH 1187 -LH 0634 --- --- --- 055 LH 1339 -LH 0720 --- --- --- 055 LH 0489 -LH 0756 --- --- --- 045 LH 0999 -LH 0772 --- --- --- 050 LH 1099 -LH 0772 --- --- --- 055 LH 0465 -LH 0816 --- --- --- 050 LH 0463 -LH 0836 --- --- --- 055 )>m LH 0999 -LH 0772 --- --- --- 050 LH 1099 -LH 0772 --- --- --- 055 LH 0465 -LH 0816 --- --- --- 050 LH 0463 -LH 0836 --- --- --- 055 LH 0569 -LH 0926 --- --- --- 050 LH 0491 -LH 1444 --- --- --- 045 LH 0489 -LH 1446 --- --- --- 050 LH 0491 -LH 1490 --- --- --- 055 FRA-ZRB FROM - TO D/D D/I I/D I/I CC FLTN-FLTR ORGN EQPTM-CC FLTN-FLTR DEST EQPTM HMM HMM HMM HMM - --- --- 400 --- ZRB-FRA FROM - TO D/D D/I I/D I/I CC FLTN-FLTR ORGN EQPTM-CC FLTN-FLTR DEST EQPTM HMM HMM HMM HMM - --- 400 --- --- ZRB-ZRB FROM - TO D/D D/I I/D I/I CC FLTN-FLTR ORGN EQPTM-CC FLTN-FLTR DEST EQPTM HMM HMM HMM HMM - --- 100 100 --- CK ALSO STANDARD CONNECTING TIMES PRECLEARANCE MAY APPLY >
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Old Nov 23, 09, 7:56 pm
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Tight connection at FRA?

Hi to all,

Since this is the first time I use the FRA hub (usually go through CDG or AMS), I am wondering if 1h10 min is sufficient for connecting flights. I will be arriving from Singapore at 0600 and my connecting flight to BRU is at 0710. Although flights arrive and depart from the same terminal (terminal 1) i am not sure whether i will make this connection. Thanks in advance for your feedback
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Hi to all,

Since this is the first time I use the FRA hub (usually go through CDG or AMS), I am wondering if 1h10 min is sufficient for connecting flights. I will be arriving from Singapore at 0600 and my connecting flight to BRU is at 0710. Although flights arrive and depart from the same terminal (terminal 1) i am not sure whether i will make this connection. Thanks in advance for your feedback
You have to clear Immigration at FRA as you are arriving from a Non-Schengen country and connect to Belgium a Schengen Country at 6am it should be OK. Your bags are tagged and shipped all the way through.YMMV
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Originally Posted by fdelite View Post
Since this is the first time I use the FRA hub (usually go through CDG or AMS), I am wondering if 1h10 min is sufficient for connecting flights. I will be arriving from Singapore at 0600 and my connecting flight to BRU is at 0710. Although flights arrive and depart from the same terminal (terminal 1) i am not sure whether i will make this connection.
Are you flying LH on one ticket? If so they will put you on the next flight to BRU should you miss your connection.

You may also want to check the FRA connection guide thread.
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Old Nov 23, 09, 8:55 pm
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FRA is big and confusing but I have made connections with only 20 minutes. One thing the LH web site is good about is giving you gate information in advance. Before leaving SIN check the proposed arrival gate of your SIN flight and departure gate of your BRU flight. The LH inflight magazine and timetable both have FRA terminal maps. Taking a look at it will give you a good feel for navigation when you get to FRA. Of course, double check that gates don't change.
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Old Dec 3, 09, 9:57 am
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International transfer times in FRA

In January I am flying back from BLR through FRA to SFO. Both flights are LH 747s. The BLR/FRA flight lands at 0845 (obviously, since it is the only one each day) and the connecting FRA/SFO flight leaver at 0955.

This connection seems very tight to me and likely impossible if there are any security layers between the incoming and outgoing gates. Can a felow FTer tell me how far I'll need to walk and how many check points I will encounter? For example, do will I have to enter, then exit, the EU? Is there extra security checks for transit into tht US?

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Old Dec 3, 09, 10:06 am
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I don't have any information on the specific transfers you'll need to make, but one piece of advice: if you at any point find yourself following directions to another terminal, and everyone is going through a doorway to stairs, where the door looks like it's more suited to a janitor's closet -- take the elevator. Those stairs go down about 5 flights, and there's no warning that it's a stupid way to go.
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In January I am flying back from BLR through FRA to SFO. Both flights are LH 747s.
Since all travel is on LH and not on UA, I will move this to the Miles and More Forum.

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I've made tighter US-bound connections in FRA before, but you are on the edge of reasonability. You may need to hoof it if your inbound is delayed.

Plan on at least one security control for US-bound flights. Depending on your arrival gate in FRA, you may need to leave security and go into a non-secure terminal.
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Originally Posted by mdspadeccom View Post
In January I am flying back from BLR through FRA to SFO. Both flights are LH 747s. The BLR/FRA flight lands at 0845 (obviously, since it is the only one each day) and the connecting FRA/SFO flight leaver at 0955.

This connection seems very tight to me and likely impossible if there are any security layers between the incoming and outgoing gates. Can a felow FTer tell me how far I'll need to walk and how many check points I will encounter? For example, do will I have to enter, then exit, the EU? Is there extra security checks for transit into tht US?

Thanks,

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You won't need to clear EU immigration, but you might need to get from A or B concourse to the C concourse. If you arrive at A, go up (not down) and take the train to B. B and C are an easy walk -- 5 minutes or so -- apart. It's possible that the flight to SFO will leave from A, but C is more common for US-bound flights.

You will need to clear a security check. All flights to the US require one.

As long as your inbound LH from BLR is on time or early, you'll be fine. There's a map of the terminal arrangement on the Fraport website: http://www.airportcity-frankfurt.de.
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Old Dec 3, 09, 10:22 am
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I've had a couple of occasions in the past couple of years where I've arrived at FRA on an LH 747 and been deplaned by stairs and bus. No joke, it took ~45 min to get to the terminal. Hopefully something like this won't do you in.
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"Since all travel is on LH and not on UA, I will move this to the Miles and More Forum.
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The flights are all actually UA code shares and I trust the UA FT community to have had the relevant experiences plus being willing to impart it objectively. Sorry if I broke protocol.
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I don't have any information on the specific transfers you'll need to make, but one piece of advice: if you at any point find yourself following directions to another terminal, and everyone is going through a doorway to stairs, where the door looks like it's more suited to a janitor's closet -- take the elevator. Those stairs go down about 5 flights, and there's no warning that it's a stupid way to go.
Those stairs go UP if you are transiting in the opposite direction. I just climbed these with luggage earlier this week. I think it was more like 6 or 7 flights. I was not amused. Take the elevator!
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70 mins should be enough to connect from LH to LH and as others have said there's no need to clear immigration to enter the EU or go through customs. There may be at least one security check point.

Although FRA may seem complicated you shouldn't have any problem if you just follow the signs to your departure gate.

You may also like to check this thread.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...cting-fra.html
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Old Dec 5, 09, 12:50 am
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We have routinely done <60 min connections through FRA. The biggest hassle can be security re-screening if they don't have enough checkpoints open, as was the case last time our flight arrived at 6am. You should have no trouble - just don't stop for a coffee break on the way to the gate.
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tight connection in FRA with LH

Arriving from IAH on LH 441 connecting in FRA to LH 686 (I think) an hour later. (T-1, land 9:05, depart to TLV 10:05).
If I miss the connection, the next LH flight is only 12 hours later.
If I do, is there a chance they will work with me and fly me to TLV with a different carrier rather then LH? Austrian/Swiss/Turkish?
I'm traveling on C class.

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