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US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

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US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

Hello All,

Our flight comes in at Terminal 4 at the Brisbane airport. Our connection to Cairns leaves from the Domestic terminal. We get in at 8 am and our flight to Cairns leaves at 9:50 am. Are we going to be pressed for time to clear customs and get bus to the Domestic terminal? The ticket was sold this way so I am hoping not but wanted to see if we should be rushing once we get to Brisbane airport. Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

Brisbane has a minimum recommended connection time of 90-120mins depending on carrier. Is it on one ticket?

Edited: 10 February 2014, 23:16
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2. Re: US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

Just short of two hours does sound tight at that time of the morning ... considering you have to check your luggage in for the domestic flight. Whatever airline booked the tickets for you must have a minimum timeframe presuming it's all on one ticket as you have said.

All I can say is if it is all one ticket the airline is responsible to get you to your destination if you are late through their booking times ... good luck.

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3. Re: US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

Thanks. I booked it on Alaska Airlines website using mileage. I assumed, incorrectly it seems, that because the time was pretty tight in Brisbane we landed and connected in the same terminal. Tickets are with Qantas so hopefully they will just put us on the next flight to Cairns if we are late. We plan on only bringing carry-ons so hopefully it will help that we won't be waiting for checked luggage.

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4. Re: US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

The terminal transfer time is not your greatest problem, that's just a 5 minute bus-trip. The real problem is Customs/Immigration ... it's like peak hour early in the morning and can take a while just to get through. Having only carry-on will save you LOADS of time though. Just have all your documents ready and arrival card filled-in correctly and you should be fine.

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5. Re: US Flight to Brisbane then Connecting to Cairns question

And make sure you don't bring any food with you! That includes nuts etc. anything that you can eat that you have bought from home will be an issue and will slow you down heaps through customs/quarantine. They are really, really thorough and take it serious although are really friendly. If in doubt go to the 'something to declare line' as sometimes that can be much faster.

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