My dad is flying to Christchurch, New Zealand, for the first time and I booked him tickets with 1 stopover in Sydney. I booked with Qantas and I just realized that his connecting flight in SYD is operated by Emirates (codeshare). He is flying from MNL with Qantas and arrives in SYD at 6:10AM and yhe next flight to CHC is at 7:50AM with Emirates. He only has 1 hour and 40 minuted before his next flight, assuming the flight is on time.
I have never been in SYD myself so I don't know how it works. PS: I won't be applying for a transit visa for him as he won't be leaving the airport and I assume it's not a case of separate tickets but airline codeshare. My questions are:
- Will Qantas allow luggage check-in straight to CHC?
- If the answer is yes, can he take his boarding pass to CHC at the Transfer Desk to avoid long queues at Emirates check-in counter?
- If answer to #1 is NO, obviously he will have to claim baggage to check in with Emirates. How long will it take to go through customs and Immigration? I am worried that 1 hour and 40 minutes won't be enough. Can he skip the queue and ask people to let him pass?
- Is there any desk at the Sydney airport I can contact to assist him? I cannot afford the Meet and Greet services offered by some companies at the airport. I am wondering if I can call the Sydney airport concierge to help my dad get to his next flight. I am willing to pay but not as much as the airssist or fasttrack charges.