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25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

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25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

Some 9 months ago we booked a flight to Tanzania (to join a safari) with BA. It was via Nairobi but we had a 1 hour 15 minute layover.... just enough time to change planes. Perfect!

BA have now changed the BA - London to Nairobi by 25 minutes making our connection to tanzania no longer legal!

Now we have to collect bags, get Kenya visa and over night in Nairobi!!

Firstly can any one help with finding a reasonably priced but safe hotel near the airport ( we are travelling with our 10 year old son)

My frustration is that most planes now arrive fiteen/ twenty minutes early and surely Precision Air being local will leave on time?? I've even read somewhere that they wait for the long haul flights - So if we do arrive early and get through at what point do we have to decide if we are going to try and get on the flight.....i.e: before immigration and then if we miss the connection - can we then go back and get a visa and stay over night. All of this of course is based on the fact that they have seats on the precision air flight for that night.

What was to be an easy journey is now becoming a logistical nightmare - can anyone offer assistance or advise?

Bungoma, Kenya
Destination Expert
for Kenya
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1. Re: 25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

Not much help to you really, but I came from London by BA recently and the flight was early!!

Sorry about your nightmare - have you discussed it with BA?

Nairobi, Kenya
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for Kenya
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2. Re: 25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

See if you can check your luggage through to Tanzania from LHR. Airlines are able to do this as an interline check in. In Nairobi, the baggage handlers should be able to transfer your bags from BA to PW. When you go to collect your PW boarding passes at either the gate, or transfer desk, ask the staff to make sure that your bags have been loaded onto PW.

Alternatively as you have suggested overnighting in Nairobi. Hotels close to the airport can be expensive. Try Eka, or Pananri.

You can't be sure that BA will arrive early. They have a 88% reliability on ExpertFlyer, meaning that they are on average between +-15 minutes. PW is usually up to 15 minutes late.

It is a hard call.

nyc
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3. Re: 25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

Was the ticket LHR/NBO on BA and the NBO/JRO on PW booked as a single ticket?

If so, it should be theresponsibility of the airline to get you where you're going. And, if need be... will often hold the connecting flight.

If two separate tickets... who knows, but as you don't have to change terminals even if BA now has a short connection time, you might luck out.

4. Re: 25 minute BA schedule change and now need help.

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