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    • seatbeltnoob
    • By seatbeltnoob 9th Nov 19, 1:28 AM
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    emirates flight 1h5m connection at dubai realistic?
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    emirates flight 1h5m connection at dubai realistic? 9th Nov 19 at 1:28 AM
    I'm planning to travel to malaysia on december.



    London (any airport) to penang, malaysia


    I seem to be getting a lot of emirates flights connecting in dubai with really short 1h5m connections. I am worried this does not leave any room for us to land, make way to the airport floor and find our way back to connecting gate in time.


    SInce the flight is booked together as one "flight" will emirates sort us out with an alternative flight if our connection is missed.


    What if the plane lands on time but due to immigration and security checks inbetween the flights cause us to miss out connecting flights will emirates still take care of our connecting flight or is it not their responsibility?
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    • cymruchris
    • By cymruchris 9th Nov 19, 1:35 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 1:35 AM
    I've done London to KL many times through Dubai using the same time window. As long as you don't dilly-dally - you'll be through their security screen quickly, and will usually have to transfer from one terminal to another using their connecting train. The luggage gets transferred for you - and if you're really late - there'll be someone waiting to get you through more quickly. I've done it 4-5 times and never missed a connecting flight.
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    • seatbeltnoob
    • By seatbeltnoob 9th Nov 19, 1:52 AM
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    Thanks for the re-assurance, I'm just wondering what hppens if the connection is late and the flights are all booked together as part of the same journey. Will the airline cover us for another flight or is it down to travel insurance to reimburse us.


    I went thailand 2 years ago, and we flew back via emirates from BKK to LHR via DBX. The depearture was late by 1hr, and then we were boarded on the plane and ready to take off and were on the queue to runway for another hour. This caused us to miss our connection but it was all down to the delay in the flight so they got us onto the next available flight FOC,
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 9th Nov 19, 4:10 AM
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    Don't worry, it's plenty of time, in case of any delay etc Emirates will take care of you with onward rebooking (as you've already experienced) and accommodation if necessary. There's no immigration in transit at Dubai.
    • The Fat Controller
    • By The Fat Controller 9th Nov 19, 6:40 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 6:40 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 6:40 AM
    65 minutes is tight, especially if you get parked remotely or the distance between gates is large.

    If you do miss the connection, Emirates will rebook you on the next available flight, but that means a late arrival in Penang, so you could lose a day's accommodation or miss any other travel you have arranged.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 9th Nov 19, 9:00 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 9:00 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 9:00 AM
    Your flight into Dubai could easily be caught in a 'stack'.

    Also, make sure you've got your wits about you. Dubai Airport is all bright lights.....more like a mega shopping mall that just happens to have an airport inside it.
    • Westin
    • By Westin 9th Nov 19, 10:55 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 10:55 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 10:55 AM
    Doable, but tight. Be prepared for a very quick walk between gates.

    As others have said, if you miss it EK will reaccommodate you on the next EK flight with availability.
    • badger09
    • By badger09 9th Nov 19, 11:34 AM
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    • 9th Nov 19, 11:34 AM
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    From frequent experience with Dubai transit, I would say that's really tight. My husband would freak out at anything less than 2 hours.

    However, as others have said, on a through booking, Emirates will do their utmost to get you to your connecting flight on time. There are frequently airside staff waiting as you disembark, to whisk you off to your next flight. If you're lucky, you'll might get a buggy ride
    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 9th Nov 19, 2:48 PM
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    When we had connecting flights with them at Dubai it involved going out of a secure area (involving scanning of hand luggage and body checks) to get into the main terminal. There was quite a queue to do this and we had Fast Track passes to speed us through.

    After that we had to get the train to change terminals and then go back through another security check for our outgoing flight.

    We had 3 hours plus for this which was plenty of time. Personally I think 1 hour 5 minutes is pushing your luck as it assumes that you arrive on time, get off the plane quickly and don't have a lengthy walk to the main terminal.
    • fifeken
    • By fifeken 9th Nov 19, 9:02 PM
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    I use Emirates frequently and yes, you can transit in that time, but do you really want to? I've done it and would prefer not to do it again despite the fact that the airline will take care of me if I miss the next flight. I prefer to travel in a more relaxed manner.

    All Emirates flights in Dubai are to/from Terminal 3 so if you see that on your searches don't go thinking it's better than described above. The references to trains are for the train between different Concourses within Terminal 3.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 9th Nov 19, 9:18 PM
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    I go through Dubai regularly and try to avoid any connection under 2 hours. Yes, it is possible but just adds to the stress and I much prefer using the stopover to freshen up and have a wander around the airport to stretch my legs.
    • seatbeltnoob
    • By seatbeltnoob 9th Nov 19, 10:06 PM
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    Thanks for the advice. I decided to err on the side of caution. Sure it's emirates responsibility to get us on the next flight, but I do not want to get on a late flight due to a missed connection and end up stuck in dubai airport for 5 hours and then 5 more hours in KL airport to get to penang. Also 1h5m connection also makes it tight for baggage handlers. For some reason I just couldn't get a suitable flight with a slightly longer connection.


    In the end I just settled with malaysia airlines, direct flight. It was not my preferred choice due to less legroom than emirates. But the lack of connection helps.



    The direct flight was not the cheapest flight, but the price for the emirates flight on skyscanner and kayak kept going up and up each day I looked. In the end the malaysia airlines stayed the same and ended up cheaper.
    • The Fat Controller
    • By The Fat Controller 10th Nov 19, 12:56 AM
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    Watch out if booking Emirates on third party sites, they now have some low fares which only include 15 kg of checked baggage.

    It's obvious on their own page, but a few people have been caught out.

    https://www.emirates.com/english/before-you-fly/baggage/checked-baggage.aspx
    • Westin
    • By Westin 10th Nov 19, 7:44 AM
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    Thanks for the advice. I decided to err on the side of caution. Sure it's emirates responsibility to get us on the next flight, but I do not want to get on a late flight due to a missed connection and end up stuck in dubai airport for 5 hours and then 5 more hours in KL airport to get to penang. Also 1h5m connection also makes it tight for baggage handlers. For some reason I just couldn't get a suitable flight with a slightly longer connection.

    In the end I just settled with malaysia airlines, direct flight. It was not my preferred choice due to less legroom than emirates. But the lack of connection helps.

    The direct flight was not the cheapest flight, but the price for the emirates flight on skyscanner and kayak kept going up and up each day I looked. In the end the malaysia airlines stayed the same and ended up cheaper.
    Originally posted by seatbeltnoob
    I think you have made the right decision.
    • badger09
    • By badger09 10th Nov 19, 3:11 PM
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    I think you have made the right decision.
    Originally posted by Westin
    Me too..............
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 10th Nov 19, 7:37 PM
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    If Emirates offer a ticket with a 65 minute connection time at DXB, it means that in normal circumstances it's enough time to disembark, pass security and arrive at the departure gate for the onward flight. Otherwise they would not sell the ticket.

    I believe the minimum used to be 75 minutes, but it seems to be less now. A lot of of Emirates business is focused on through flights and they make it very efficient, informing gate numbers and expediting people through security if the arriving flight is late on a short connection, and the departure gates are held open much later than at many airports.

    Only if it was absolutely vital for me not to be delayed would I have any qualms about a short connection at DXB on an Emirates ticket. But in that case I would fly direct anyway.
    • waamo
    • By waamo 10th Nov 19, 7:49 PM
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    I'm doing a 1hr 15 connection through Dubai in a couple of weeks and I'm not worried.

    We are going from the same terminal we land in so it should be straightforward.
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    • seatbeltnoob
    • By seatbeltnoob 11th Nov 19, 1:35 AM
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    If Emirates offer a ticket with a 65 minute connection time at DXB, it means that in normal circumstances it's enough time to disembark, pass security and arrive at the departure gate for the onward flight. Otherwise they would not sell the ticket.

    I believe the minimum used to be 75 minutes, but it seems to be less now. A lot of of Emirates business is focused on through flights and they make it very efficient, informing gate numbers and expediting people through security if the arriving flight is late on a short connection, and the departure gates are held open much later than at many airports.

    Only if it was absolutely vital for me not to be delayed would I have any qualms about a short connection at DXB on an Emirates ticket. But in that case I would fly direct anyway.
    Originally posted by eDicky

    Well, lets put it this way. With 13month old child with all the small bits and bobs you need to carry for a 13 month old. I wouldn't fancy my chances.

    When I was looking at the flights, I was given 8 options all with 1h5m connections. If you were to miss that connection there is a 6 hr wait for the next KL flight. (I found out this by doing a manual 1 way DXB to KUL search for the dates).

    As a single guy, maybe I could have made the connection. But not with a newborn baby, disembarking from an A380 with 555 other passengers trying to barge through and get on their connection. (because 90% of people arriving at DXB are on connections)

    If I have to pay for any seat upgrades I have to pay for each flight not each leg so an indirect flight becomes costly with addons.
    Last edited by seatbeltnoob; 11-11-2019 at 1:39 AM.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 11th Nov 19, 12:06 PM
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    Ok, now that you mention your infant and accessories, connecting in that time would be more of an effort, although still possible and priority would no doubt be given at security. Of course, when the price becomes no cheaper than a direct flight the choice is obvious.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 12th Nov 19, 10:28 AM
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    Dubai is an extremely busy hub. I reckon most flights into Dubai arrive in Dubai airspace on time. But then due to congestion often have to spend ages in the air 'stacked' waiting for a landing slot. That can turn an enjoyable stress-free on-time flight into a bit of a stressful 'mare, especially so if you're unfamiliar with the sheer size of Dubai Airport or its bright lights

    Then with the connecting outward flight to wherever, it's often the case that the flight may leave its Gate on time, only to have to spend ages taxiing before eventual take-off. What's the point in that? Well, it frees up the Gate for the next flight, and it helps stop the Terminal Building becoming a sea of humanity. For the passengers, they get bored, and end up arriving at their eventual destination a couple of hours or so adrift.

    Personally, if possible I'd choose Qatar Airlines using Doha, or Oman Airlines using Muscat. I'd put Etihad as my final choice as the Ground Staff at Abu Dhabi are often clueless. Or choose a long Direct flight.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 12-11-2019 at 10:46 AM.
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