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This question is being raised following a discussion on the current Turkish thread (see left). However, it is an important question as no one has come up with a definite answer…

I know airports (and terminals) have different Minimum Connection Times (MCT) for onward travel.

However, the question is, are minimum connection times based on LANDING TIMES or TIME ON GATE.

On the basis you have a 1 hour MCT to catch an onward flight on a through ticket.

The example is, you are due to land at 13.00 for an onward connection at 14.10.

You indeed land 5 minutes early at 12.55, but due to a long taxi and perhaps a blocked stand or a bus to the terminal, you do not enter the terminal until 13.30 leaving 40 minutes. There are q’s at security and you reach the gate too late!

Are airlines obligated to re route you or can the airline demand you buy a new ticket.

From experience, BA in T5 go on Time on Gate to decide whether to re route OR in my experience have use Time on Gate… but the story being told on the Turkish thread, gives a totally and very worryingly, different story.

Has any one had a similar problem with missing a flight following a delay getting onto a stand and what were your experiences…

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