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Short connections at the CPH and ARN airports?

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Short connections at the CPH and ARN airports?

I am considering booking a set of 3 flights with SAS for our trip home from Scandinavia, but the connections in CPH and ARN may be too short (50min and 1 hour).

First flight: Bergen (6am) to CPH (7:20am)

Layover in CPH, only 50min

Second flight: CPH (8:10am) to ARN (9:20am)

Layover in ARN, only 1 hour

Third flight: ARN (10:20am) to Chicago (12:20pm)

(Alternative option is to pay $200 more per person to connect only through CPH, not ARN, but with a 4.5 hour layover).

All flights are on SAS. We are hoping to have only carry-on luggage (although possible we will have to check something). Can anyone advise on whether these connections are too short in the CPH and ARN airports? Thanks for any feedback!

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1. Re: Short connections at the CPH and ARN airports?

50 mins should be enough to connect at CPH.


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2. Re: Short connections at the CPH and ARN airports?

SAS has a listing of minimum connection times by airport:


Your first connection is Schengen-to-Schengen, the second is Schengen to intercontinental. Both connections appear to be OK according to SAS' stated minimums.

If you want to save the $200 and you can live with the uncertainty of having two short connections (i.e. you don't absolutely have to be back in Chicago for something), it seems fine. Since it is a "legal" connection according to their rules, most airlines will take responsibility for a missed connection as long as everything is booked on the same ticket/itinerary -- i.e. they will rebook you on the next available flight.

You might double-check whether your ARN-ORD is the last flight of the day, however, since missing that one could mean either an overnight at ARN or a roundabout routing home on one of SAS' partners.

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3. Re: Short connections at the CPH and ARN airports?

Thanks for the information!

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