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Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

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Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

Hi I am looking to fly with Finnair from Kittila to Helsinki arriving at 2:45pm. I want to then catch a 3:20pm Air Berlin flight to Berlin. Is 35min enough time to transfer flights? Do I still have to collect my baggage, exit through immigration and check in my baggage again etc?

The next option would be 6:40pm also with Air Berlin, almost 4hrs waiting time.

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1. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

If you are making the booking through Finnair web site onto a single ticket, they will not sell you a connection time that is too short, since in this case the airline is required to put you onto the next flight that has free seats. Your baggage will be checked through to Berlin, so no hassles with that. Finland and Germany are both in the Schengen area where there is are passport controls when traveling inside it.

Based on reading the Air Travel forum, oneworld alliance partners have a policy that they check through your luggage even if the partners' flights are on separate tickets. If you must have separate tickets, you can still use the Finnair booking engine to see if the connection is valid.

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2. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

Air Berlin is a budget airline and not in alliance with Finnair.

35 minutes won't be enough if you need to collect your baggage and check them in. With hand luggage only it is possible, but there are risks, because the gates are not necessarily close to each other and the airlines are not co-ordinating. If Finnair is late, Air Berlin won't wait or re-schedule.

The airport is easy and quick to navigate. If you don't need to re-check your luggage, you won't need to pass security. If you pick up your luggage, there is baggage drop/ check-in (that closes 45min before the flight) and after that security.

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3. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

As for the immigration, if you are flying inside the Schengen area (as in this case), you won't be in contact with them.

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4. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

AirBerlin is a member of One World and all details in first reply are valid.

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5. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

My bad. Sorry for misinformation!

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6. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

Have you checked whether there are Finnair flights to Berlin in between the Airberlin flights? They are all nowadays codeshared with Airberlin (and vice versa). You can check through your luggage (notice, however, that there may be limitations if you booked the cheapest low fare basic tickets from Airberlin on a separate ticket from your Finnair flight!). If they are on the same ticket, you'll get your luggage through without problems.

The minimum connecting time at Helsinki Airport between two. Schengen flights is 35 min when the baggage is checked through. If you have to pick up and re check your luggage in for your onward flight you'll need a considerably longer time (approx. 1.5 - 2 hours - e.g. check in desks close 45 min before the flight).

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8. Re: Is 35min transit time at Helsinki airport enough?

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