I’m doing my best to maximize my time in Istanbul, but I predict I am going to regret booking a 1-hour connection in London Heathrow. Frankly, I’m shocked United Airlines is even selling such a tight connection…
1-Hour Connection In LHR: Is This Even Possible?
I’ve enjoyed a fabulous stay at the Park Hyatt Istanbul and I do not want to have to rise before dawn to make the long journey to Istanbul Airport in order to make an early flight just so I can sit in London for several hours (it is nice to have access to five lounges there, but I’ve reviewed them all…).
In reviewing my flight options home, it looks like I am going to get started on my 2025 Premier 1K status with United…and the carrier is offering a rather questionable connection:
That’s right, one hour in London Heathrow to connect from the Turkish Airlines flight to the United Airlines flights. But this isn’t Frankfurt or Munich or even Paris. Here are my concerns:
- Turkish Airlines does not pad its schedules and it notoriously late – this flight is late almost every day into London
- I’ll be arriving in Terminal 2 and departing from Terminal 2, but it still will not be so straightforward: I will have to re-clear security and we know how strict the British are with inspecting carry-on bags
- Not only that, I’ll likely have to hustle from Terminal 2B all the way back to 2A to use the security checking, then back to 2B…that is well over a kilometer in length (there is a 2B to 2B security checkpoint, but I have never seen it open….)
So if the Turkish Airlines flight arrives late, I will be running my butt off to make a very tight connection.
Worthwhile to be able to sleep in and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing?
I guess we’ll find out…
United sold me a one-hour connection in London…but based on how late Turkish Airlines is each day, I fear that 60 minutes will become a 30-minute connection.
Booking a one-stop option would be ideal (and give me 70 minutes instead of 60 minutes for the connection), but LHR-LAX is full in business class…sorry, but I’m not going to fly home in economy class.
But I’m also fully expecting to be caught in London overnight (there are worse places to be stuck…). Any bets on whether I make my connection or am I just being
plain plane stupid?