Here are our Top Four Tips for Connecting Flights:
First, Be prepared!
Check your gates in advance and review an airport map. Have a rough idea of where you’re going ahead of time. Leverage your airline’s app and check it while you’re inflight. These gates can change!
Second, Read the signs.
Trust them. They may seem to be sending you on a wild goose chase, but they’re not. Trust the signs.
There are plenty of airports where the signs seem to make no sense, but they actually do. Frankfurt Airport is a great example of this. You’ll be doing U-Turns galore, but eventually, you’ll always get to your destination. Eventually. Trust the signs!
Third, if you’re in doubt, just ask for help.
You can find someone in a uniform and there’s a pretty good chance they’ll be able to help you out.
On all of my many trips through airports around the world, I have seen countless aviation professionals offering help to passengers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most airports — and airlines — have customer service desks, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those resources. Look for someone in a uniform. There’s a good chance they can help you out!
Finally, stay calm.
You probably have more time than you think. And, as a gate agent once told me, you’re never really late for your flight. You’re just early for the next one!
Each airport has a Minimum Connection Time, which is the shortest allowable connection. Your scheduled connection will not likely be less than that. And, if you’re late due to a problem with the airline, there’s a good chance you’re not alone and the airline is already actively working on fixing your problem.
What have we missed? Let us know by leaving a comment below. What other tips and suggestions do you have for maximizing a connection?