What are Connecting flights: everything to know about them

    Connecting flights need passengers to leave the plane and board a different aircraft to reach their final destination. 

    For example, imagine you are flying with Lufthansa from London Heathrow to Shenzhen in China. As Lufthansa doesn’t operate direct flights from London Heathrow to Shenzhen, you will need to depart the aircraft in Frankfurt and board a new Air China flight at Frankfurt airport to reach your destination. This flight is called a connecting flight.

    Are connecting flights cheaper?

    Connecting flights usually are cheaper than direct or non-stop flights as some passengers are willing to pay more for the luxury of catching a direct flight. However, when booking a connecting flight, it is essential to factor in the costs you might incur during your connection. For example, if you will be at the airport for an extended period, you may have to purchase food and drink. If you are required to change the airport to make your connecting flight, you may need to pay for transport between the two airports. This is just a gist and may vary from person to person. 

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     What happens with connecting flights and baggage?

    When connecting flights are purchased with the same airline, or with airlines with interline agreements (e.g. Lufthansa and Air China), your baggage will usually be transferred directly onto the second flight. If your connecting flights are within the USA or Canada, you may be required to collect your luggage and then check them in again. The best way to know what will happen to your baggage during your connecting flight is to contact the airline you are flying with or ask the airport staff when checking in luggage for your first flight.

    boarding an aircraft at Frankfurt airport

    What happens to my baggage on connecting flights that were booked separately?

    Suppose you have booked your connecting flights independently. In that case, the airline is under no obligation to transfer your baggage to your connecting flight. In this case, you will need to collect your luggage after your first flight and re-check your bags before your connecting flight. For this reason, it is essential to make sure you have plenty of time between connecting flights that were booked separately. 

    This is everything you need to know about the Connecting flights.

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