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Just wondering what people use for minimum connection times in Frankfurt.
I land from Singapore with Singapore Airlines at 2040 and want to make a Lufthansa connection to Brussels at 2125. I am in business class and have onboard only, and probably could be checked all the way through to Brussels.
Am I possibly cutting things fine?
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If travel is on the same ticket Lufthansa are very adept at dealing with missed connections in Frankfurt. If it’s a separate ticket, then I would make a longer connection if it is available, or you may end up giving yourself some stress!
On the last transfer I did in Frankfurt - which was Schengen to Schengen, so no immigration - we had: flight 20 minutes late, long taxiway pauses (congestion), arrived at a gate, but had to take the stairs down to a bus, then a really long walk - this ate up over 45 minutes.
Immigration is a lottery, depending on who landed just before you. And it’s a massive airport, can involve very long walks. Or not! It’s so unpredictable at Frankfurt, but you can be lucky.
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If both your flights are one the one ticket it means then its possible to get to your flight by the minimum time allowed by the FRA airport itself (its a condition to be able to sell connecting flights). so if this is the case it theoretically can be done on 45 minutes FRA airport is saying that is the minimum time to do it.
Having hand luggage only will save you at least 30/40 minutes at FRA waiting for luggage.
So, again if its on the one ticket look for the FRA Airport staff at the top of the airbridge with all the connecting fights written down who will offer assistance - run, run very fast or wait and we will all take a bus.
I normally allow at least 90 minutes so as not to rush and always have luggage.
Hope that is of some use.
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With a 45 min connection time, you're making a lot of tricky assumptions, which include:
As others have indicated, Frankfurt (FRA) is a large and complex airport - it's also usually quite efficient. That said, I have had immigration staff who have been either lightening fast and others that are glacially slow. @quantumreality makes a great point about the possibility of an overnight stay should you miss the connection. The good NIMBY's of Frankfurt are red hot on noise abatement and FRA has an evening curfew - so you'd be advised to check whether your Brussels (BRU) flight is/isn't the last of the evening. One redeeming feature of FRA is that the airport has an international rail station located in the basement.
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