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How to buy plane ticket for someone else?

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4 hours ago, arunadasi said:

I thought planes didn't wait for late arrivals???

 

 

That depends on the airline policy (which is done according to what it will cost to wait vs not waiting).

 

If the delay was due to another flight, especially from the same airline, and they don't wait for them, they usually have to provide another flight asap, but asap could mean in 24 hours, so they will usually (must, if it's from/to the EU) provide for accommodation etc (and monetary compensation in the EU). And maybe the next flight is already fully booked and so on. 

 

Forcing all other passengers to wait 90 minutes, on the other hand, doesn't cost the airline much. Note that in busy airports (departure or destination) even a short delay can cause the aircraft to miss its departure slot, which then leads to much longer waiting times. Within europe these slots are centrally coordinated so if the arrival time is going to be missed the aircraft won't even take off until a landing slot is available. 

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If you have noticed, long flights are now taking "longer" than as per normal. So if the flight was always 11 hours now they "take" 12 hours. If everything will go correclty the captain will be proudly announcing that they arrived 1 hour earlier to their destination. If things get delayed they have now an 1 hour buffer to still be in time, if they manage to be "in time" the captain will be proudly announcing that even after departing 1 hour late they managed to be in time.

Cheapest trick ever and I do not know why this is allowed.

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