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Old 22.12.2015, 13:37
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6am Flight from GVA airport

Hi all,

A question on GVA. I have a 6am flight tomorrow from GVA and I will be traveling from Lausanne. I could take a train which could get me to GVA at 4h53. I am wondering is that enough time, especially it will be 23rd Dec (holiday season).

I have no bag to check-in and I have printed my boarding pass already. I know that the terminal closes until 4h. But does anyone know what time the security opens?

I heard rumour that the security opens only at 5h. In that case, there is really no point for me to try to get to GVA even earlier.

Thank you so much for your time! Merry Christmas in advance.

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Old 22.12.2015, 13:43
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

You will have no problem. We actually prefer the first flights out in the morning. The only people in line will be the people who were on that early morning train with you.

An hour in advance in the Geneve aeroport is more than enough time because it's both little and efficient. Safe travels!
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

Where are you flying to? If it's long haul, you need to allow 2hrs. Short haul (less than 4hrs) allow 1 hr minimum.

Personally, I tend to allow 1hr 30mins, even with hand luggage only, because I hate being on the last minute and you never know if the numpty in front of you at security has packed the contents of their kitchen drawer in their hand luggage.
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Where are you flying to? If it's long haul, you need to allow 2hrs. Short haul (less than 4hrs) allow 1 hr minimum.

Personally, I tend to allow 1hr 30mins, even with hand luggage only, because I hate being on the last minute and you never know if the numpty in front of you at security has packed the contents of their kitchen drawer in their hand luggage.
Are you speaking with any experience of Geneva airport? I really doubt it, 45 minutes seems like a long time to me & I flew from the airport 20 times in the last 2 years & 4 times in the last 3 weeks.
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Old 22.12.2015, 15:01
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

You'll be fine. Unless something happens like last Monday where trains stopped in Cornavin and did not proceed to Aéroport for some unkown reason.

But let the above not deprive you from your sleep tonight as it only happened to me twice in the last year.
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

It's only a short haul, it's to Zurich then I have another flight to Prague.

I think I will likely take my chance, and take the train to get to GVA around 5h, instead of spending the night at a hotel close to the airport.

Thank you for all your input!
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Are you speaking with any experience of Geneva airport? I really doubt it, 45 minutes seems like a long time to me & I flew from the airport 20 times in the last 2 years & 4 times in the last 3 weeks.
Yes and I'm flying out of Geneva on Thursday. I'm also speaking from 10+yrs experience a Business Travel Consultant with clients who flew from Switzerland very frequently. I'll never say I've heard every reason in the book for a passenger being delayed, but I have heard a hell of a lot, many of which have been issues with certain airlines (not Swiss of course).

I totally agree that Swiss airports are fantastic, and phenomenally efficient with excellent departure time records. That's not in question at all. Personally, and from far too many experiences, I always allow for the human nature of my fellow passengers (and my partner who is one of the worst people to travel with ).
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It's only a short haul, it's to Zurich then I have another flight to Prague
You'll be absolutely fine as it's a domestic flight.
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Old 22.12.2015, 15:22
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Are you speaking with any experience of Geneva airport? I really doubt it, 45 minutes seems like a long time to me & I flew from the airport 20 times in the last 2 years & 4 times in the last 3 weeks.
Agreed. I have flown in and out if there twice in the last couple of weeks. Geneva is really fast and easy to navigate especially at that time of the morning even just before Christmas. Manchester on the other hand is a complete nightmare, loads of time needed to get through security there.

S/He'll have plenty of time if he arrives on that train. I'd leave a bit more time for later flights but for the early ones not much time is needed.
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Manchester on the other hand is a complete nightmare, loads of time needed to get through security there.
Agreed. I've only flown out of there three times in the last few years and it was shambolic. Nothing seems to work, particularly escalators in arrivals.

My partner worked at Heathrow for the last few years, and I worked on the perimeter road, and even Heathrow can be a nightmare compared to Zurich, mainly caused by the M25.
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Agreed. I've only flown out of there three times in the last few years and it was shambolic. Nothing seems to work, particularly escalators in arrivals.

My partner worked at Heathrow for the last few years, and I worked on the perimeter road, and even Heathrow can be a nightmare compared to Zurich, mainly caused by the M25.
Heathrow is a nightmare, you can't really compare a city the size of London with Zurich, London has a bigger population than the whole of Switzerland. 20 years ago ZH airport was small & only you only needed to be there 30 min before take off, rather like Basel now.
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

To people who might be interested in knowing the situation getting through the GVA security at 5am for a 6am flight,

i went through the security swiftly in less than 20min, and have abundance of time to kill at the gate!
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Heathrow is a nightmare, you can't really compare a city the size of London with Zurich, London has a bigger population than the whole of Switzerland. 20 years ago ZH airport was small & only you only needed to be there 30 min before take off, rather like Basel now.
Because of the security/passport checks done by the french authorioties at basel airport right now, it is recommended, to arrive at least 1 hour before departure at basel airport to catch the flight.
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Old 23.12.2015, 08:55
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It's only a short haul, it's to Zurich then I have another flight to Prague.

I think I will likely take my chance, and take the train to get to GVA around 5h, instead of spending the night at a hotel close to the airport.

Thank you for all your input!
Why not fly directly from Zürich? It's a simple train ride from Lausanne, arriving right inside the airport. You'd save a couple of hours and wouldn't have to get up at sparrow's fart.

Anyway, hopefully you made your flight and won't read this till you get to Prague.
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Why not fly directly from Zürich? It's a simple train ride from Lausanne, arriving right inside the airport. You'd save a couple of hours and wouldn't have to get up at sparrow's fart.

Anyway, hopefully you made your flight and won't read this till you get to Prague.
Did you skip this post.?

( I must admit that I had the same thought regarding the train but figured he already had his plane ticket anyway)

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To people who might be interested in knowing the situation getting through the GVA security at 5am for a 6am flight,

i went through the security swiftly in less than 20min, and have abundance of time to kill at the gate!
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Did you skip this post.?

( I must admit that I had the same thought regarding the train but figured he already had his plane ticket anyway)
1. Yes, I skipped that post.
b. Even if I hadn't, my point still stands.
iii. I just wanted an excuse to use Sean Connery's numbering system.
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Because of the security/passport checks done by the french authorioties at basel airport right now, it is recommended, to arrive at least 1 hour before departure at basel airport to catch the flight.
Are the French still checking anything, the motorway borders seem to have been completely unmanned for the last week or so.
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Are the French still checking anything, the motorway borders seem to have been completely unmanned for the last week or so.
I flew out of Basel last Thursday - 0700 EJ to UK. Arrived early and NO PASSPORT CONTROL ahead of security. Security was a breeze, the passport check was back where it should be and I sat at the gate wishing I had slept another 30 minutes.

On second thought - these erratic security measures must be part of a bigger French plan to confuse the enemy. Genius...
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Re: 6am Flight from GVA airport

Gate closure times and such typically have loads of padding anyway. I wouldn't recommend anybody to factor that in purposely, but even if you're on the very edge timewise there's normally no reason to panic.
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I heard rumour that the security opens only at 5h. In that case, there is really no point for me to try to get to GVA even earlier.

I don't know about GVA but ZRH the security opens at 05:00, so your rumour probably is correct.
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