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I am flying from Boston to Amsterdam via Manchester where I have only 75 minutes between the two flights. I need to change terminals and I guess I need to pass Security since I am flying from outside the EU.

Will this be enough time?

  • Your guess about security (I presume you mean immigration) is not correct, as the UK is not a part of the Schengen area. However, I'm not sure if it is possible to transit airside between terminals at Manchester. Are both flights on the same ticket, and will baggage be checked through? – CMaster Jan 30 '17 at 10:49
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    See: manchesterairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/airport-transfers - it is possible to stay airside, which is good. It's still a pretty tight change, but if its same ticket, that's the airlines problem more than yours. ALthough it's really, really weird to end up changing at Manchester to go to Europe's biggest hub. – CMaster Jan 30 '17 at 10:51
  • Oh, yes you are of course totally right about the UK not being part of Schengen!baggage should be checked through. – kkk Jan 30 '17 at 10:51
  • The airline said that if they touch down on time, they are not responsible any mort. It is thus my problem whether I catch the flight or not... :-( – kkk Jan 30 '17 at 11:05
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    I have searched that thread, but I could not find the word "Manchester" anywhere - it does seem to be LHR specific... – kkk Jan 30 '17 at 13:20
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If you're booked on a single ticket, and it wouldn't be awful if you ended up being a few hours late in Amsterdam, then I wouldn't worry. There are lots of flights from Manchester to Amsterdam (around 10-15 direct per day), and you'll just be put on a later one.

In terms of the transfer experience, here's one person's experience of a 1h15m international to domestic airside connection at Manchester - it took 40 minutes from arrival to being at the gate for the next flight. It also seems to be a worst-case in terms of time spent waiting for the bus and includes a passport check you wouldn't have to go through: http://philatravelgirl.com/connecting_in_manchester_phl-man_airport_/

The link also implies that you get a separate security area so as long as you're quick off the bus to the connections centre you shouldn't have to wait for too long.

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