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Old Jun 30, 13, 9:56 am
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Mxp-zrh C, Zrh-Jfk F

Hi,

I'm going from MXP to ZRH in business and then
ZRH to JFK in first.

Does anything happen when we land in Zurich? Pick up, host, parade, balloons?

Does anything happen when we leave Zurich? Drop off, host, marching band, key to the city?


Can I take full bottles from the lounge? For medicinal purposes?

Thanks,

Bege
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Old Jun 30, 13, 10:08 am
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Can I take full bottles from the lounge? For medicinal purposes?
Full bottles of what
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Old Jun 30, 13, 10:14 am
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Full bottles of what
Whiskey, rum, gin, pills?
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Old Jun 30, 13, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by begemot View Post
Whiskey, rum, gin, pills?
If this is an attempt at humour, I'm afraid it's falling pretty flat (sorry for the pun).
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Old Jun 30, 13, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by begemot View Post
Does anything happen when we land in Zurich?
Pick-up by a Business bus if it's an apron arrival. Then you have to walk to the FCL. No special arrangement if a gate arrival.

Does anything happen when we leave Zurich?
A van to E Dock where they drop you at the bottom of an elevator.
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Old Jun 30, 13, 12:05 pm
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Well I am actually interested in the transfers upon arrival and departure. In the grand scheme of things what you are picked up in doesn't matter and I feel a little silly asking. In an attempt at levity I mentioned marching bands and stealing whiskey bottlers. This has lead to some misunderstanding. Whether this is my poor sense of humor or you lack of one, only the forums can tell.

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Old Jun 30, 13, 3:22 pm
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Humor or not, NewbieRunner comprehensively sums up the transfer arrangements (or lack thereof) you will get.
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Old Jul 3, 13, 12:06 pm
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Actually MXP is one of the worst airports in Europe, especially when Italians leave for the holidays. If things go wrong the airport staff usually looses all their language skills. Make sure that you luggage is locked, when you check in.
It is no harm if you have a plan B to take the train from Milan main station directly to Zurich airrport, you might need it as Milan is strike prone.
The train takes about 4 hours and costs the same as the taxi ride from the city center to Malpensa which is in the middle of nowwhere.
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Old Jul 4, 13, 2:44 am
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Originally Posted by Fendant View Post
Actually MXP is one of the worst airports in Europe, especially when Italians leave for the holidays. If things go wrong the airport staff usually looses all their language skills. Make sure that you luggage is locked, when you check in.
It is no harm if you have a plan B to take the train from Milan main station directly to Zurich airrport, you might need it as Milan is strike prone.
The train takes about 4 hours and costs the same as the taxi ride from the city center to Malpensa which is in the middle of nowwhere.

Thinking of this kind of mileage run with LX later this year, which airport as starting point for connection in ZRH is "safer" regarding strikes, LX plane cancellation, fog, weather delays:

MXP, BCN, FCO, MAD, BUD?
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Old Jul 4, 13, 2:47 am
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Originally Posted by fkaway View Post
Thinking of this kind of mileage run with LX later this year, which airport as starting point for connection in ZRH is "safer" regarding strikes, LX plane cancellation, fog, weather delays:

MXP, BCN, FCO, MAD, BUD?
BUD & FCO should be fine.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 4:46 am
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BUD & FCO should be fine.
I find FCO quite unreliable with delays and more than their fare share of random disruptions for a multitude of reasons so I would choose MXO or FCO or even better VCE.
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Old Jul 5, 13, 7:34 am
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I've had good experiences in BCN and WAW for these kinds of connections.
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
BUD & FCO should be fine.
? FCO better than MXP? No way, ever.

? 4 hours into Milan? Try 30-40 minutes on the Malpensa Express.

I wouldn't change my travel plans out of fear for a strike. Just buy travel insurance. And there is no fog in the summer BTW.

In any case, the rule for Italy (ALL of Italy) is not to plan travel on Mondays or Fridays. That's for everything- planes and trains. As for Malpensa being the worst airport in Europe have you been to CDG lately? Or FRA? Or TXL? Far from the worst--good food and shopping although lounges stink. And yes, English-language skills are terrible but welcome to Italy. That's everywhere.
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Old Jul 10, 13, 3:40 am
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? FCO better than MXP? No way, ever.

? 4 hours into Milan? Try 30-40 minutes on the Malpensa Express.

I wouldn't change my travel plans out of fear for a strike. Just buy travel insurance. And there is no fog in the summer BTW.

In any case, the rule for Italy (ALL of Italy) is not to plan travel on Mondays or Fridays. That's for everything- planes and trains. As for Malpensa being the worst airport in Europe have you been to CDG lately? Or FRA? Or TXL? Far from the worst--good food and shopping although lounges stink. And yes, English-language skills are terrible but welcome to Italy. That's everywhere.
Agreed about MXP better than FCO.

Now a few comments:
1. The Malpensa Express to FS (Centrale) is 1 hour and 10 minutes if you do not miss the connection at Cadorna and know where you are going
2. There is fog today and it is July (summer) BTW
3. Nonsense on the "do not plan to travel Monday or Friday"- are you so worried about strikes? Really?
4. If the English language skills are so bad perhaps this is a great opportunity to practice your Italian- or wait- don't you speak fluent Italian? Terrible. Welcome to Boston. Silly comment really.
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Old Jul 10, 13, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by fkaway View Post
Thinking of this kind of mileage run with LX later this year, which airport as starting point for connection in ZRH is "safer" regarding strikes, LX plane cancellation, fog, weather delays:

MXP, BCN, FCO, MAD, BUD?
Rome is a splendid city but I would second the advice to avoid FCO. At all costs.

MXP has always worked for me when transiting through ZRH but I try to leave myself a buffer, i.e., book an earlier MXP-ZRH flight than the minimum allowable transit time. You did not specify whether you're thinking of making the LX mileage run to New York, but let's suppose so, and let's suppose you have the 1300 ZRH-JFK flight in mind. You might then consider booking the 0700 MXP-ZRH flight; if for some reason there's an irrop you still have two later flights that morning to catch the JFK flight.

Consider staying the night before at the Sheraton MXP, across the street from the terminal. On a C ticket you can use the fast-track security lane which, even when backed up, means you can make it from the Sheraton lobby to airside in 15 minutes.

Strikes? Yes, they happen, but normally with some notice. If for some reason there's a last-minute strike, you can still get to Milano Centrale for the 0710 train to Zurich on the Malpensa Express train at 0543 or bus to Milano Centrale at 0500 or 0530.
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