WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU MISS THE CONNECTING FLIGHTS
Missed Connecting Fight?
Before I start explaining about what will happen if you miss your connecting flights due to any reasons like customs and immigration clearance. I would like to mention briefly about what is connecting flights all about.
About Connecting Flights
If you are traveling on two flights on similar tickets to reach your required destination, the consecutive flights are called connecting flights. Here in the above line, I have mentioned about similar tickets.
And if you have bought two distinct tickets, even though if your initial flight reaches in the similar city where you are likely to board the flight after two hours, you dont have a connection.
Then it is the responsibility of both the airlines to take you from point 1 to point 2 on their own. But with separate tickets, if your initial flight got late and your arrival was late to catch the second flight.
You might get into a situation where you are stuck in middle of your journey for a longer period of time. And you might also need to pay more amount and you might also end up in paying penalties related to your ticket or your tickets could get canceled.
All You Need To Know About Overseas Immigration
There are certain regulations about the timings, you need to maintain between catching flights. There are certain connecting timings which are set by certain airlines for every airport. For example, if you are flying on domestic flights, the connecting time would be around 45 minutes or less. And for overseas flights, it is around one and half hour.
And if you are flying with two different airlines with an overseas connection, where you require changing your terminals. Then the connecting could be around two hours. I suggest you to be at your airport three hours before clearing the customs and immigration department and prior to changing planes.
I would also like to suggest you that give yourself some more time to deal with busy and big airports, especially on occasions like college vacations and holidays. If you are taking a connecting flight of the same airline, then you should book your luggage through concluding destination.
And the airline would make sure that you take your connection, but if your airlines are different then you need to go for luggage rechecking and both ends. And its not sure that the other airline would surely help you in connecting. There might be some immigration and security checking prior you take your international connecting flight.
So my suggestion would be that you go for this immigration and customs checking in advance only to make sure that your flights are scheduled on time. So that you could get some more time make any last minute changes if required. You can make a call and check with the airline, well before you take your initial flight.
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Custom & Abroad Immigration Clearance Checking
And if at all your missed connection is a fault of your airline, might be due to immigration and custom checking, then the airline should re-book your ticket on their next flight.
And if the flight is late, then the airline should also provide meals and accommodation to you. But that totally depends on the airline.
Few airlines would assist your in re-booking your flight but wont provide you any accommodation or meals.
But if you are traveling on different flights with different tickets then few airlines wont claim the responsibility for a missed connection.
You can take important steps to make sure you wont miss any connecting flight. Time plays an important factor between catching connecting flights. Global Tree is one of the best overseas immigration consultants, having offices in Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Vizag, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Pune.
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