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1. Posted by steve25 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi,

My girlfriend and I have got a flight booked from Sydney to London stopping at Singapore just for an hour or so. However, we don't want to re-board after the stop, we want to stay at Singapore and forget the 2nd half of our flight. Does anyone know the rules when it comes to leaving the airport? Obviously we'll just have to have hand luggage so we're not leaving anything on the plane.

Hope you can help us!

Thanks

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

How about cancelling the ticket to London and get another to Singapore instead?

I don't see a reason why they would prohibit transit passangers from discontinuing their journey, as long as they inform the flight cabin crew earlier as the cabin crew will check the manifest of passangers against the passanger head count before they depart again for the final destination. I also don't see a problem with you leaving the airport as long as you are able to get the clearance from the immigration like everybody else.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Just cancel the second part of the flight. If you know you don't want to use it, why do you need to keep it? You should have no problem checking your luggage in to Singapore. As Hien says, as long as you are able to get through immigration like everyone else, there is no problem.

Either way, talking to your airline would be the best thing.

4. Posted by steve25 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks for your replies.

We tried to arrange it through the airline but we've had two different responses from them. About a month ago we were told it was no problem and we just have to tell them when we check in, but we called them back yesterday (just to double-check as our flight is only a few days away), and they said no! The man we spoke to told us that our ticket could not be 're-directed', even though we don't want it re-directed, we just don't want the 2nd half of it!
Now we don't know what to do as we have made all the arrangements for our onward trip from Singapore.

The only way we can think of, (without paying $1000 for a new ticket), is to board with hand luggage only and then just leave the airport. What do you think?

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Sounds really strange to me! I say ring them again and find another person to talk to, because I'll bet their response will be more positive. My guess is that guy didn't understand the question

I don't know of any law that would force you to board the second leg and I can't understand why an airline wouldn't want to know about such a change, as it would save them a great deal of trouble!

6. Posted by agricola (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Steve,

I assume you've booked a return flight, haven't you? I have read in any airline's terms of transportation that passengers lose all following segments of the flight if they do not use some of them... so you might get in trouble when returning to Sydney.

However, if I were you I would fly to Singapore with the ticket you already have and inform the airline staff about not using the second segment of the flight. If there really is a problem (most airlines are fair), you could go back to Darwin with www.tigerairways.com (budget airline) and fly to Sydney with any of the Australian budget airlines... should work out much cheaper than buying a new ticket for $1000.

Bye,
Michael

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 10y

Quoting steve25

Hi,

My girlfriend and I have got a flight booked from Sydney to London stopping at Singapore just for an hour or so. However, we don't want to re-board after the stop, we want to stay at Singapore and forget the 2nd half of our flight. Does anyone know the rules when it comes to leaving the airport? Obviously we'll just have to have hand luggage so we're not leaving anything on the plane.

Hope you can help us!

Thanks


Do you intend to go back to Australia or continue on to London? Suppose you do just "walk away" from your flight while it's stopped in Singapore, the airline will page you and hold up the flight thinking you just got lost in transit.

You have to inform the airline before you leave. For a small fee they may just reschedule your flights so you don't lose a lot of money.

If the person you talked to doesn't understand your request ask to speak to his/her supervisor. Bottom line is that you have inform your carrier what you intend to do!

8. Posted by steve25 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all your advice. We have now called them again and did get someone slightly more reasonable, but he still said he doesn't think we will be able to give up the second half of our flight. He has put in a request for us and we have to call back tomorrow to find out the answer. Can't believe it's so much hassle to just cut short a flight!

We don't have anymore flights booked with them luckily, this is our return journey to London but we're not ready to go home yet!

Hopefully it will be sorted by tomorrow as we fly in 3 days!

9. Posted by agricola (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Steve,

So, where's the problem? :-) You do not have any onward flights, so you do not expect any other service than bringing you to Singapore from them, do you? They definitely will not be able to bar you from leaving the airport in Singapore...

Bye,
Michael