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Review of connecting flights

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by peterpan123, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. peterpan123

    peterpan123 New Hangar Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I've had various experiences with connecting flight journeys over my life and realized that there is no systematic source of information available on the web. That's why I created www.connectionreview.com - to help passengers find all relevant information regarding connecting flight journeys pertaining to particular airlines. Whoever feels like contributing with a review of a recent trip, would be great...I would love also to hear here some feedback on the idea...some people say that connecting flights problems are not a point of interest for the majority of travelers, as fares is what matters most!
     
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    Living in a semi-rural region - we are lucky to have commuter service out of SBP [San Luis Obispo CA] to SFO, LAX, & PHX - with SEA coming next year. My point being - that for those like us - every trip beyond those - involves at least one COP [Change-of-Plane] - and sometimes also a COA [Change-Of-Airline]. Now COP's are usually relatively easy, since it's usually to the 'mother' airline - and consequently within the same terminal. However - some large airports have a separate 'commuter' terminal and/or an airline may have gates in a separate 'international' terminal. An example of a large separate commuter terminal is SLC - where a long hike is involved (unless one is connecting with another commuter flight) - even if the change is to a 'mother' flight.

    But the fun begins with COA connections. Unless your 'new' airline shares the same terminal with your 'mother' airline - otherwise, a long hike may be involved. Prior to the advent of shuttle buses at LAX - really long hikes were likely. I've even hailed a taxi, more than once, to change terminals at LAX. That includes the same airline - when a change involved going to/from the Bradley International Terminal. SFO isn't too bad - because the terminals are not that far apart. On the other hand - PHX takes the cake! We prefer that airport, for a number of reasons - one of them being that it was the home of our favorite airline, AmericaWest. But that got watered down when they got gobbled up by US Air - and was further diluted when they got gobbled up by American. Even so - we still prefer going through PHX. And it's still the same terminal [#4] for the [now] same [AA] family. That's the Good News. The Bad News is - T4 stretches halfway across Phoenix - with 8 'fingers'! Even with having provided ample time for gate changes - if your change is 7 fingers apart - that can take half a day - even with 'moving sidewalks' [and forget a meal]. But the prizewinner has to be JFK - at least before the advent of rapid-transit trains.

    To the credit of some airlines - steps have been taken to minimize the 'connection' hassle. For example, the United terminal complex at LAX is fairly compact. That's in contrast to the AA terminal at DFW - that
    is strung out for a mile or so. As airports have expanded - to meet their increasing demands - it is impossible to retain some of the niceties from earlier times. That includes conveniences for connecting passengers.
     
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