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BOS-DUB-GLA-Campbeltown

I am planning a golf trip and need to schedule a flight to Campbeltown which is serviced by Logan Air. Logan Air appears to fly out of Glasgow servicing Campbeltown.

If I purchase this as "one ticket", even though I am switching airlines -

Where do I clear Customs?
How much time do I need to allow?

I have a two plus hour layover in Dublin to connect to Glasgow. I have a 60 minute connection in Glasgow to make the Logan Air flight (only one per day).

Thoughts?

Posted by
8889 posts

"You" never clear customs. Customs is the check on your goods, the contents of your luggage, whether there is any customs duty (taxes) to pay on them. Customs is a random inspection, 99% of people do not get stopped and just walk through customs.
This will be done at Glasgow, where you pick up your bags. You then have to hand them in again for the flight to Campbeltown.

Immigration is where our passport is checked and they decide if you are allowed into the country and for how long. If travelling on one ticket, you will stay "airside" in Dublin and go through UK immigration in Glasgow,
Two hours in Dublin is plenty, as you are staying airside with no immigration.
One hour in Glasgow has a risk, as you will have to go through immigration. Just hope the Dublin flight is not delayed.

Posted by
3699 posts

If your airline trans-Atlantic is carrying you through Dublin to Glasgow, you may or may not have to go through immigration security. Best to ask the airline. If the second flight is on a different line, the two airlines may forward each other's luggage, or may not. Again, ask them.
LoganAir's history includes a link with British Airways although it is independently operated and flies under its own name. Whether your bag might be checked all the way to Campbeltown is up to their agreements. Or you may have to retrieve it at one or all airports and recheck, although that is usually done adjacent to the customs post, usually without any official checking. As well, any bag you want to carry into the cabin may face three different sets of rules, as each airline sets its own limits.
I'm not being a big help, am I.
All of these "maybes" have to do with whether you actually have one "ticket", which would be a single itinerary sold by one of the airlines for all three flights. An agency can sell you an itinerary with three different tickets which is where the doubts lie as to whether or not the various airlines will co-ordinate.

Posted by
8850 posts

Are you looking at buying the ticket from an airline or from something like Expedia?

If an airline you are probably ok.

If from an Expedia-like site, you may not be getting "one ticket"

Make sure you know what it is you are buying.

Posted by
2949 posts

I could be wrong, but I believe you go through passport control upon arrival in Dublin. You have to fill out a customs landing card on the plane. Traveling from Ireland to Scotland is fairly seamless because of the Ireland-UK relationship (at least until Brexit decides how hard/soft the UK/Ireland border is going to be).

I'll second the advice to make sure you're buying your airline tickets from the airlines themselves. In case of any flight delay or other contingency, it will make a difference. I once made the mistake of booking through a consolidator without actually realizing it because it wasn't prominently indicated on the website. This turned out to be a hassle when I later needed to ask a question of Aer Lingus directly.

You may find that your air carriers are all partners of Aer Lingus so you can book them all through Aer Lingus. (I've done the Ireland-Scotland hop on an Aer Lingus partner, but not the Campbeltown leg.)

Posted by
1345 posts

You are likely to pass customs at Dublin or Glasgow. Most likely at Glasgow as you switch from an Inter Continental flight to a Ford Fiesta with wings.

The flights from Glasgow out to the islands and Kintyre peninsular are domestic only and leave from the domestic bit of Glasgow Airport.