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On April 18, 2017, we are flying from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on Delta Airlines flight DL 50 arriving Heathrow Airport at 1:20pm April 19, 2017, on one ticket. Then on a separate ticket, we fly Aer Lingus to Shannon Airport on flight EI 385, departing Heathrow at 2:45PM. Will we have enough time to get through customs, baggage claim and check in for the Ireland flight? How much time will be necessary to make this connection?

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    At LHR, which terminals do you arrive at and depart from? – MadHatter Jan 21 '17 at 7:12
  • According to heathrow.com/airport-guide/which-terminal., looks like arriving Terminal 3 and departing Terminal 2. The only service to Shannon is shown as Aer Lingus, so the "BA" flight is probably a codeshare (that's consistent with the flight number). – Nate Eldredge Jan 21 '17 at 7:31
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    Arrive lhr terminal 3, depart terminal 2 – Deann Holtz Jan 21 '17 at 7:32
  • What time does the second flight leave? – Patricia Shanahan Jan 21 '17 at 8:09
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    I would not try 1:25 on a single ticket transfer! If I have my data correct, the official MCT for a connection like this is 1:15. And it's the UK so you need to clear some truly obnoxious security. Two tickets is absolutely hopeless. – chx Jan 21 '17 at 14:18
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You're arriving at Heathrow at 1:20PM and are connecting on a separate ticket to a flight departing at 2:45PM?

Forget it, just forget it, and rebook your connection immediately. There's one at 7:35PM, which you would make. But the 2:45PM one on a separate ticket? You're not nearly getting through immigration, baggage claim, from T3 to T2 and through security in that time, period.

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    Customs at Heathrow usually takes zero time if you have nothing to declare - just walk through the green exit from baggage claim. That said, I agree with the answer. Any delay in the transatlantic flight and the OP may not even have their baggage when the gate for the second flight is closing. – Patricia Shanahan Jan 21 '17 at 11:22
  • @PatriciaShanahan Now that's optimistic. If they're US citizens, chances are they wouldn't even be through immigration if there are several long-haul arrivals. – Crazydre Jan 21 '17 at 11:33
  • @Crazydre I'm a British Citizen, and was thinking in terms of how long it takes me from aircraft to baggage claim at Heathrow. It will be longer for any non-EU citizen. – Patricia Shanahan Jan 21 '17 at 11:44

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