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  • Connection SJO - CLT - PHL on same airline - Customs
    Dec 21, 2015
    We're flying roundtrip on American Airlines PHL to SJO with connection both ways in CLT. We're checking baggage in SJO to arrive in PHL for our flight back. When we fly back from SJO to PHL and land in CLT, do we have to go through Customs and Immigration or can we go directly to our connecting departure gate? If we do have to go through Customs, do we have to retrieve our bags from baggage claim, go through Customs and then re-check our bags with the airline?


    Yes, in Charlotte you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you for your response. The flight has 90 minutes between connections. Would 90 minutes be enough time?


    90 minutes is the minimum allowable time. It's possible but depends on everything going smoothly.


  • International arrivals
    Dec 20, 2015
    I am an airline empoyee who will be flying into clt on the 24th, but my girlfriend will also be coming in via cancun and must go through customs. Which terminal would I need to go to so that immediately after she gets through passport control, I can be the first person she sees after going through customs? She will be coming in via aa flight 882 from cun-clt if that helps.


    Charlotte only has one terminal.


  • Worried about connecting
    Dec 20, 2015
    Flying from Indy to Charlotte to Jamaica with 38 minutes in between. On the return we only have 1 hour 9 minutes to make our flight, go through customs etc


    That connection on your way to Jamaica is possible but obviously leaves no room for error. On your way to Jamaica all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. On your return that is inadequate. The minimum International to Domestic connection time in Charlotte is 90 minutes.


  • CLT Gate Connection: Domestic to International
    Jan 12, 2016
    I am traveling from Huntsville to Charlotte (arriving at Terminal E) and then from Charlotte to Frankfurt (departing from Terminal D). There is a one hour transit between the two flights. These domestic and international flights are bought as two separate tickets. Question: -Do i need to go through security check to move between the terminals? -Is 65min sufficient to deplane from terminal E and get to the international terminal D at CLT?


    CLT only has one Terminal, so you don't have to change terminals. Since both of these flights are on American, you can call American and have the two reservations joined together so that your bags can be checked through to Frankfurt in Huntsville. Then you won't have to go through security in Charlotte.


    Thanks for the comment..I don't plan to take any bags..with that, getting two storage tickets would still enable me to freely nice between gates right???


    Yes, you'd just need to make sure you have your boarding pass for your flight to Frankfurt.


    Thanks a lot...


    I am flying into CLT from Turks & Caicos and have a 1 hour and 30 minute layover. Is this enough time to get my checked bag and clear customs?


  • Dayton-Charlotte-Cancun
    Dec 9, 2015
    Coming from Dayton to Charlotte for connecting flight to Cancun this Friday. I have a 38 minute layover. Is this a legal minimum connection time for a domestic to international flight? If my Dayton flight is delayed will I be able to hop on the next flight to Cancun later that day without being charged? Both flights are through American Airlines.


    Yes, it's possible if your flight from Dayton is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Yes, if you miss your connection you will be put on a later flight to Cancun. However, there is just the 9:25 AM and 11:29 AM flights. If you are already on the 11:29 flight and you miss it there's a good chance you'll be stuck in Charlotte overnight (maybe they could rebook you to Cancun through Dallas or Miami)


    I'm on the 9:25am, so I guess I won't sweat it if we end up delayed. Thanks for the quick response!


  • From U.K. with NO checked bag
    Dec 3, 2015
    I have made the trip many times and barely made connection to LEX because of baggage claim, customs and recheck bags plus having to go through security again. If I travel with hand carry only, do I still have to go through security again? Thanks


    Yes, you will still have to go through security again. Everyone has to go through security after customs if they have a connection.


  • Commections
    Dec 3, 2015
    Hi, We (UK citizens) will be arriving at CLT from LHR at 17:45 and have a connection at 19:59 to MCO. 1) Assume we will need to clear customs at CLT? 2) Will we need to collect baggage 3) Is 2 hours enough time? Thanks


    Yes, in Charlotte you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. You have enough time.


  • Layover
    Dec 2, 2015
    We are travelling from YYZ to CLT then on to San Juan. We have a 2 hour 20 minute layover. We arrive on American Eagle and then board on AA toSan Juan. Do we have to change terminals/concourses at all. And I know this time frame is enough time but what to do there for that length of time.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. Charlotte only has one Terminal. You may have to change concourses but all gates in Charlotte are connected inside security. There's not much to do in the airport other than eat or drink or look out the window.


  • Have I Time?
    Nov 30, 2015
    Due to arrive in Charlotte from Orlando at 17.12 on a Saturday evening to get a connecting flight (both AmericanAirlines) at 18.10 to Dublin, Ireland. This leaves only 58 minutes between connections but I think baggage will be checked straight through to Dublin? Is this enough time?


    Yes, baggage will be sent straight through and all you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security.


  • layover of 45min
    Nov 20, 2015
    My layover between two domestic American airline flights is it enough? No check-in luggage. Do I need to get security clearance again?


    You do not have to go through security. All gates in Charlotte are connected inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.


  • us customs
    Nov 19, 2015
    coming in from Montego bay Jamicia and have one hour and 17 minutes lay over to Ohare airport is this enough time to go threw customs and tsa check in


    The minimum recommended International to Domestic connection time at Charlotte is 90 minutes. 77 minutes may be possible, but it's risky.


  • 1 hour and 40 min
    Nov 5, 2015
    Hey! I will arrive in Charlotte at 1015 pm from aruba and my flight to NY leaves at 1155 pm. Will I make it or? It seems a little short on time.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigraiton and customs in Aruba. All you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Enough time to clear Customs, Immigration, etc.?
    Oct 31, 2015
    We'll arrive in CLT on 11/21 at 4:46 PM from SXM (if we're on time). Will need to clear Immigration, get baggage, then thru Customs and get to our connecting flight to ROC for a 5:55 PM flight. I don't know gates yet, but I fear we're cutting it close. Any ideas or thoughts on this?


    Yes, you are cutting it close. That's over 20 minutes shorter than the recommended international to domestic connection time at CLT. However, it will be saturday evening so lines should be short. Also there is no possible rebooking available on AA to get you to Rochester from Charlotte that evening. So I guess I would just be prepared to spend the night in Charlotte if you miss your connection.


  • Flight Connections
    Oct 23, 2015
    Flying from RDU to CLT by Amerian Airlines and then CLT to Frankfurt, Germany by Iberia(Operated by American). I have 1h 27m for transfering in CLT. Is the time enough for transfering?? Do I have to re-check my luggage??


    All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security. You don't have to do anything with your baggage in Charlotte on your way to Frankfurt. You have plenty of time.


  • Flight connectiion
    Oct 19, 2015
    Flight Anerican airline from Baltimore to Lis Angeles. Connecting flight at Charlotte with an hour 20 mins layover. Is it. sufficient time for the connection and how long is the walk to the departure


    That should be plenty of time. You can walk between your gates in less than 20 minutes.


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