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Is 2 hours enough time between flights from Glasgow to Stornoway

Our flight has just been changed. We did have 3 hours between flights and now it is only 2 hours. We will be flying into Glasgow from Halifax, Canada and then flying from Glasgow to Stornoway with 2 hours in between flights. Is this enough time?

Posted by
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This seems perfect. not too long not too short. If not the airline will just put you on the next available flight.

There are 4 flights direct from Glasgow to Stornoway. What time is your flight from Glasgow to Stornoway?

Posted by
931 posts

Hi, normajean,

If you have to clear Customs & Immigration before you board your flight for Stornoway, it could be a problem. If that's the case, check with the airline you're using to fly across the Atlantic to see if they have any suggestions. I've found C&I in Glasgow to be fairly quick, but perhaps your international flight could let you deplane first so that you you can get through prior to your connecting flight.

I'm assuming that you're flying Loganair to Stornoway. The planes aren't that large, so as long as you reach the gate 20 to 30 minutes before takeoff, you shouldn't have a problem.

Best wishes,

Mike (Auchterless)

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We do have to clear Customs & Immigration before we board our flight for Stornoway. Our international flight is with WestJet, that would be wonderful if they did let us depart first to save time - it worth checking into (thank you).

Yes, we are flying Loganair to Stornoway.

Posted by
5011 posts

As long as they have another flight to Stornoway later that day (and it sounds like they have two) you should be fine.

Posted by
80 posts

Was this sold to you all together on one ticket as one connecting flight, or did you book the two flights separately? If this is all on one ticket it's tight, you might misconnect - but even thats probably ok because on one ticket its a protected connection and the airlines are responsible for it - so if you miss your connection then the airline will have to put you on the next flight to Stornoway for free.

Immigration is reasonably quick generally, but it's a busy time so there could be long lines. Baggage reclaim isn't always quick either. UK customs is generally no issue - you just walk through a room with nobody in it most of the time!

If you're on separate tickets then unfortunately I think it's more of an issue. The problem is that on separate tickets neither airline will take responsibility if you miss the Stornoway flight and so its unlikely they'll rebook you for free on a later flight - as a result you'll likely have to pay for new bought on the day tickets to Stornoway which will cost a fortune. If this is the case I'd phone Loganair now and try to change to the lunchtime flight. If you don't have a flexible ticket they may want you to pay upfront for totally new tickets, but they're a small airline so they might take pity on you and let you change for free. They're more likely to be amenable now than if you turn up at the airport desk on the morning of the flight.

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931 posts

Hi again, normajean,

Will your luggage be booked straight through to Stornoway, or will you have to collect it at GLA and carry it to the Loganair counter? If it's booked straight through, then you have a really good chance of making that connecting flight. I've found over the years that most eastbound Transatlantic flights arrive on time, if not early. There's probably a way of checking WestJet's on-time record for that route.

Good luck to you!

Mike (Auchterless)

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The flights were bought separately. I did change our seats on our flight from Canada to Glasgow so we are alot closer to the front of the plane now for a faster exit. They did suggest that I ask for our luggage to get taken off first due to our connection.....no guarantees of course but might be worth a shot.

We do have to collect our luggage at Glasgow and take it to the Loganair counter. It would be fantastic if our flight did arrive early :) I am going to check with Loganair and see what my options are.

Thank you so much for the suggestions!!

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Hi once again, normajean,

Just one more thing - it may not make much of a difference, as you'd still have to collect your luggage, but I've always found the staff at Glasgow Airport to be very helpful. If you find yourselves stuck behind a long line at C&I, due to another overseas flight arriving just before yours, try to find an airport employee and explain your situation to him/her. Mention that you need to catch a connecting flight to Stornoway, and how much of a time frame you have. A sympathetic employee would most likely move you up in line or take you to an open counter.

Doesn't always work, but it's worth a try!

Best wishes,

Mike (Auchterless)