How much transit time to allow at Melbourne airport?

By trevorrose | Jan 21, 2017, 05:16 PM
Flying MEL - LAX with AirNZ in May - flight arrival is 2.55pm. Am about to book a domestic leg to SEA - how much time to I need to allow to clear all the formalities, collect our bags and then checkin to a domestic flight? Is 2.5 hours enough, or should I allow more? The day I arrive just happens to be a Public Holiday too - Memorial Day!
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By lind26 | Jan 21, 2017, 05:48 PM
I would say 3 minimum, LAX can be a nightmare.
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By Packetman21 | Jan 22, 2017, 03:52 PM
2.5 hrs is quite tight, also considering you need to go through customs etc at the international terminal which will be filled up since it's a public holiday, then transiting to the other terminal, which shouldn't be too much of a hassle, I think as stated above from a previous person, minimum 3 hrs as LAX can be very unpredictable.
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By fxdxdy | Jan 22, 2017, 04:01 PM
I agree with the other comments here.
You can do it in 2.5 hours but everything has to go perfectly.
If there are any long queues, and there normally are, then 2.5 hours doesn't give you any time to recover from any delays.
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By russell | Jan 24, 2017, 09:29 AM
Agreed, 3 hours would be bare minimum for me. I wouldn't want the stress of anticipating everything to go like clockwork to make a connector at LAX.
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By TheRealBabushka | Jan 24, 2017, 09:46 AM

Book all sectors on a single PNR for peace of mind.

MEL/LAX would involve a stop over in NZ. If any of those two sectors (MEL/AKL & AKL/LAX) is delayed then you're going to be fretting all through a 13 trans-pacific flight. It's not worth it.

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By davew2000 | Oct 19, 2017, 07:41 PM
Flying MEL - LAX with AirNZ in May - flight arrival is 2.55pm. Am about to book a domestic leg to SEA - how much time to I need to allow to clear all the formalities, collect our bags and then checkin to a domestic flight? Is 2.5 hours enough, or should I allow more? The day I arrive just happens to be a Public Holiday too - Memorial
2.5 hours should be fine. Although you might cut it close if there are any delays.
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