I am flying from ORD-WAW on a LOT flight and we are connecting in WAW to FRA on lufthansa. They only have a 1 hour and 5 minute connection time. Is that ok? Anyone have experience with this? We land in warsaw at 1:30pm. I am told our lugged will be transferred automatically but hear conflicting information on whether we will need to get our passports stamped. If we do, how much time will it take to get the passports stamped?
First of all, airlines (at least, not European airlines!) do not offer through tickets with excessively tight connection times. Both LOT and Lufthansa are European airlines and are thus covered by EU law (as, btw, are all flights which depart from EU airports).
This means that if you were to miss your second flight the airline must meet your EU passenger rights, detailed here:
For obvious reasons, airlines do not want to put themselves in the position of having to meet those rights so connection times are always feasible unless there is an excessive inbound delay.
When you arrive at WAW (which has only one terminal) you will be able to transfer to your outbound flight airside i.e. without entering Poland and thus without going through border (passport) control. The official airport website has step-by-step transfer details:
Your boarding pass and ID will be checked, and you will go through through security scanning of you & your cabin baggage. You may well be given your onward boarding pass when you check-in at ORD but, if not, you can collect it at the airside transfer desk in WAW (details on link above).
As you have booked a through ticket Lufthansa will know you are coming and, if your inbound flight is delayed, you may find they meet you at the gate to speed up the transfer process. Also tell the LOT cabin crew that you have a fairly tight connection so that, if necessary, they can speed up your de-planing.
1h 5 mins is enough time for such a straightforward airside transfer (as a UK citizen I have transferred non-Schengen > Schengen in a similar time period). I'm sure it will be fine but even if your inbound flight is badly delayed you can rest assured that Lufthansa will get you seats on the next available flight and look after you during any delay period, as required by law. :-)
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