I plan to fly from London to Sri Lanka via Dubai. How much time do I need to allow between connecting flights?
If you are booked on a through ticket you won't have to worry about catching the connecting flight as the flight company will plan accordingly. If it's not one ticket then knowing how busy Dubai airport gets (and it is dependant upon landing time as some times are more busier than others) I would allow 2 hours minimum. Three hours if you really want to be on the safe side.
Thanks, how would I know if the flight is a "through" ticket or not?
When you booked the ticket did you book London to Sri Lanka changing at Dubai. Alternatively have you booked London to Dubai and then another ticket for Dubai to Sri Lanka?
I haven't booked anything yet but I wanted to book Emirates from London to Sri Lanka and the search comes up with a flight via Dubai with a two hour connection time.
If it's all with the same airline (i.e. Emirates) then they will only let you book flights with connection times that can be achieved, therefore it is achievable and you hvae booked a through ticket.
You collect your boarding passes for both flights in London and then in Dubai you just go through transit security and on to your next gate. You don't see your bags until you get off in Sri Lanka.
The airline is allowing you to book those flights because the 2 hour transfer time is achievable and if for some reason you miss your connection (i.e. inward plane delay) then it is the airlines responsibility to get you to your destination.Edited: 07 May 2012, 20:27
Yes as Lati says it will be a through ticket. Luggage loaded at London and then you see it in Sri Lanka. Two hour connection time is nice. No problems with this on a through ticket.
Awesome, thanks very much for putting my mind at rest.
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