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Old 25th June 2015, 21:54   #1 (permalink)
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Connection at SAW Istanbul

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I just wondered, probably panicking too much as I have done it before, but I'm flying from London Gatwick to Istanbul SAW with Turkish Airlines, and 1 hour 20 mins after the estimated arrival I have a connection to Izmir with Turkish Airlines. What are THY usually like if you miss connections due to delay? Also I wondered is it still their errort if I land before my connection departs but due to being late (if my flights delayed) my time to go through passport control ect isn't enough to make it? Is it true they hold domestic departures if a international arrival is delayed?

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Old 25th June 2015, 22:51   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry I can't help, but with all these If's & But's I think I'm lucky with so-far never having to take a multi stop-over journey, although I have actually chosen different dates and even venue to avoid multi stop-over flights, and obviously not forgetting the worry of luggage being delivered at the final destination and not getting lost enroute.
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Hi

I just wondered, probably panicking too much as I have done it before, but I'm flying from London Gatwick to Istanbul SAW with Turkish Airlines, and 1 hour 20 mins after the estimated arrival I have a connection to Izmir with Turkish Airlines. What are THY usually like if you miss connections due to delay? Also I wondered is it still their errort if I land before my connection departs but due to being late (if my flights delayed) my time to go through passport control ect isn't enough to make it? Is it true they hold domestic departures if a international arrival is delayed?

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If I was you I would go back to Turkish airlines and get them to confirm via email that you will have enough time to complete passport control before the gate closes on your flight to Izmir , if you miss the flight THY will try and book you on the next available flight if one is available
1hr 20minutes isn't enough time Most airlines suggest 2-3hrs if you include 1hr for passport control, Its unlikely they will hold a domestic flight if an international arrival is delayed
If you stick with your original flights and 1hr 20 minutes is the time that you have available
If the LGW-SAW plane gates at SAW if you are in a seat close to the front of the plane that will help you
If the LGW-SAQ plane uses buses try and get off the plane asap and stand near the backdoor of the bus same side as driver
If you are landing at 17:40 , Izmir flights are at 19:00 and 21:15 watch out there are other THY flights to Izmir but they go to Ankara 1st and then on to Izmir

It always difficult if you have people meeting you at Izmir,
safest option would be to choose the 21:15 flight

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Re: Connection at SAW Istanbul

I flew back from the UK last week on Turkish Airlines. The plane was late leaving Gatwick and late landing at SAW, so yes I missed my connection to Dalaman - just! However the airline had booked me on the next flight to Dalaman and arranged to ensure my bag was transferred to the domestic departure wing of the airport. Instead of getting home by 10pm it was 3am before I stumbled through the door but with no extra cost to me.
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