We are travelling to Dusseldorf next April have booked tickets from Singapore Flight LH791 to Dusseldorf which takes us through Munich. The flight has just been updated - arriving now Munich at 05:50am and the flight to Dusseldorf is LH2002 at 06:30am to Dusseldorf? Do we have time to transfer the agent suggest okay?

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    40 minutes to disembark, collect luggage, clear customs and immigration and get to your connecting flight is extremely tight. I'd say it's not doable. You should look to change your connecting flight.
    – user79658
    Nov 22, 2018 at 4:13
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    If you don't make your connection Lufthansa will place you on the next available flight. If you're travelling on a busy day and the next flight is already full you'll be bumped to the next one and so on. You could be stuck for hours. Better to fix it now, which should be easy to do since it's Lufthansa's change that has necessitated it.
    – user79658
    Nov 22, 2018 at 4:46
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    @CannonFodder: Why would he need to collect luggage? Undoubtedly that will be checked through. Nov 22, 2018 at 5:18
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    @HenningMakholm Munich will be his point of entry to the Schengen area. Hell clear customs there.
    – user79658
    Nov 22, 2018 at 7:10
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    @CannonFodder He'll need to go through immigration at Munich, since it's his point of entry to the Schengen area, but his bags should be checked through to Dusseldorf with no need (or ability) to claim them in Munich. Nov 22, 2018 at 8:13

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It sounds tight-ish but doable. Munich airport is usually spoken of as extremely efficient for connections -- the minimum connection time for Lufthansa international-domestic is just 30 minutes. They consider this swift connection a definite selling point, and they go to quite some effort to keep it, including such things as proactively fast-tracking late arriving passengers past the lines. Though you're of course always sensitive to immigration delays.

The good news then is that Lufthansa will be responsible for rebooking you if you miss the connection. And Lufthansa fly a lot of direct flights from Munich to Düsseldorf. On the random Wednesday in January I searched for, there are flights departing at:

06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 08:45, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:10, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 17:45, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:45, 21:30

No matter how long you're held up for at immigration, there will be a flight leaving for Düsseldorf quite soon afterwards that they can put you on.

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    Also quite possible, given this is just a connection there will be a Lufthansa staff member right outside the plane to take you to your new gate. Nov 22, 2018 at 11:21

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