Advice on timing's for domestic and international flights

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  1. nuthq

    nuthq Intern

    Aug 26, 2009
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    Hi All,

    I am departing MEL for SYD 12 noon this Saturday and then boarding VA29 at 3.15pm to AUH and then on to LHR.

    What time should I aim to be at Melb and can I check my bags straight through to LHR?? I take it at SYD all I need to do is go through security/customs?

    Thanks
    Nuthq
     

  2. notzac

    notzac Established Member

    Oct 6, 2008
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    A domestic leg of an international journey should take only a few moments longer to check in than a domestic-only journey .. I would personally get to MEL around 60-90 minutes before the flight, but as long as you make check in cut off, you'll be fine.

    If everything is on a single itinerary, your bags will be checked through to LHR and all of your boarding passes ought to be issued at MEL. When you arrive at SYD, there is an international connections "gate" downstairs where you can get the bus to the International terminal. If you don't get given a wallet in MEL with the bus ticket, ask for the ticket at the desk in SYD. From there, straight through immigration and customs and then it's a bit of a hike to the EY lounge to wait for your flight to AUH.
     
  3. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

    Nov 25, 2004
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    Downstairs?? It's Gate 37 from memory.
     
  4. MandM

    MandM Member

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    Yep, downstairs. It's Gate 46 (source - I did the transfer 2 days ago).
     
  5. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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  6. Clivem

    Clivem Active Member

    Jan 17, 2013
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    Yes changed 46. web site still notes 37 ?????
     
  7. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

    Nov 25, 2004
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    It does for some pages, bit of a race to the bottom between airlines when it comes to website mistakes and usability.
     
  8. nuthq

    nuthq Intern

    Aug 26, 2009
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    4
    Melbourne, Australia
    #8 nuthq, Apr 23, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2014
    Thanks all for your responses - I appreciate it!

    Any idea on the chances of getting an exit seat for the Etihad flights for 2 of us? Happy to pay extra but will the VA staff even be able to do that at MEL??
     
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