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Airport advice: travel from Frankfurt on Delta to Split on Croatia Airlines

We are traveling to Croatia in May. Our flight plan takes us from Detroit to Frankfurt on Delta. We then fly from Frankfurt to Split on Croatia Airlines that same day. We assume that we will go thru immigration in Frankfurt, collect our bags, get from one terminal to the other, go thru security again (?) before boarding our flight to Split. We have a 3 hour window to do this. Does anyone have any advice, and have we made the correct assumptions? Thanks for any tips and input!

Posted by Agnes
Washington DC Region, USA
4416 posts

Is the flight on a single code-share ticket, or two separate tickets? That makes the difference whether you need to collect your luggage or not. On single-issued tickets, the luggage gets automatically transferred to your final destination.

Posted by Larry
Elkins Park, PA
1601 posts

You should not be going through immigration as Croatia is not Schengen. You will be sent onward to "Connecting Flights". I assume Delta will land in Terminal 2, and I expect you will leave from somewhere on B concourse of Terminal 1 (we just did this, but with Lufthansa, which come in T1 concourse A). You will do security again, but they are very efficient. 3 hours will be fine, and there are many good places to grab a bite. You will go through immigration when you disembark in Split.

Posted by ingrid.s.baird OP
2 posts

Thanks for your input, Agnes and Larry!
The flights are separate bookings since Delta and Croatia Airlines do not code share/partner. It sounds like we shouldn't have any issues and that the transfer should go smoothly. Thanks again!

Posted by Agnes
Washington DC Region, USA
4416 posts

I'm not sure if I'm understanding correctly....if the flights are indeed two separate and distinct tickets (with unique identifiers), then no, they are not going to transfer your luggage between them because one hand won't know what the other it doing, so to speak. A seamless luggage transfer would only occur if it is a single ticket flight, even with two different operators who collaborate on a code-share arrangement. I hope that makes sense, and I hope I'm not misunderstanding what you wrote.