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  • Transit for only 1 hr 36 min
    Aug 18, 2015
    Hello! I am transiting Dallas airport using airline Cathy pacific from hong-kong (started my travel from india) and next flight is american airline to Oklahoma university after transit of 1 hr and 36 min. Is this time enough to complete my custom, and immigration. Do I need to collect my baggage and clear the custom. I am travelling alone and have 2 check in language. Thanks!


    You will arrive in Terminal D, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate which will likely be in a different terminal. The SkyLink train connects all terminals inside security. You barely have enough time.


    Thanks for your reply... then with 1 hr and 36 min would I be able to catch my next connecting flight?


    That should be barely enough time.


  • London-Dallas-Denver
    Jul 23, 2015
    I am flying from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dallas (DFW) tomorrow morning. My plane arrives at 15.50 and my next flight to Denver leaves at 17.25. All flights have been booked at the same time through British airways. Will I need to gather my checked baggage and recheck it? Will I have to go through immigration? Is 1 hour and 35 minutes enough time. What happens in case I lose my second flught? Thank you very much in advance.


    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal D, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and take the SkyLink train to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from London is on-time. If you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Denver. AA has flights to Denver that leave at 1845 and 2150


  • 1 hr Layover in DFW before international flight
    Jul 23, 2015
    We're traveling from SFO to DFW to Cancun tomorrow. We have a layover in DFW for 1 hr. We will have one checked bag. We arrive at terminal A and depart from Terminal D. I'm not sure where we deal with customs or where we show our passports? Is 1 hr enough time?


    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. You will just have to show your passports when you board your flight to Cancun. All you have to do in DFW is take the SkyLink train from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Need go trough customs and inmigration?
    Jul 5, 2015
    Hi, next month I'll going to Miami from Buenos Aires, Argentina trough DFW, It's nessesary do customs, inmigration and re check the luggage? Thanks!


    You do not go through US customs when leaving the United States. All you have to do on your way to Buenos Aires is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates at DFW are connected inside security by the SkyLink train.


    Zap, thanks for the quick answer, but I've explained wrong, I'm Argentinian going to MIA with a connection in DFW, and my question is about the arrival travel, I never make a connection in the US arriving from other country. TKS!!


    OK, on your way to Miami, in DFW, you will arrive in Terminal D, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk immediately after, then go up to the departure level and through security and to your departure gate. Your departure gate to Miami may be in a different Terminal. The SkyLink train connects all terminals and gates inside security.


    ZAP, very clear and excellent reply! Thank you so much!!!


    Jun 11, 2015
    I will arrive at DFW 4:11pm in early sept on US Airways 1222 operated by US Airways 2473 and depart at 5:20pm on US Airways 2473 operated by American Airlines to YYC Alberta, Canada. Is that enough time? Should I need to claim my luggage and go through the security to Canada. Any helpful info appreciated. thanks


    No, you do not have to claim your luggage or go through security. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The SkyLink Train connects all gates inside security.


    You have enough time if your first flight is on-time or close to it.


    Thank you for your helpful inofrmation.


    May 28, 2015
    I am canadian and I got an itinerary YUL-DFW-LAS with 9 hr layover. I wish to go in downtown Dallas. Do I need to go through US Immigration? Do we need to retrieve bags or can they go straight through to Las Vegas?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. Is your layover overnight or same day? There's not much to do in downtown Dallas and it's a long way from the airport.


    Thanks Zap. Yes, the layover is the same day.


    In that case you shouldn't have to claim your bags in DFW.


    Thank you so much for your quick response.


  • Flying from Houston to Sydney via Dallas with Qantas
    May 20, 2015
    Purchased tix from Qantas. Flying out of Houston and Final destination is Sydney. Few questions: 1. Do we have to pick up our bags in Dallas and re-check in 2. There is only a 1 hour layover, will that be enough time to arrive and go to the next flight. If not, what would be the minimum amount of time required? Thanks in advance.


    No you will not have to pick up your bags in Dallas on the way to Sydney. 1 hour should be enough time. Your flight from Houston to Dallas will be operated by American. You will have to take the SkyLink train from your arrival terminal to Terminal D where your flight to Sydney will depart. The SkyLink train runs inside security.


    Thanks Zap! Appreciate your quick response.


    How many minutes between arriving terminal to terminal D?


    Somewhere between 5 and 15, depending on where you arrive.


    Thanks, Zap


  • Can I leave DFW airport during 7 hour international transit?
    Apr 2, 2015
    I am flying on an international QF/AA ticket from Lexington to Sydney via Dallas and have over 7 hours layover at Dallas Fort Worth airport. Am I allowed to leave DFW airport to do a city tour? Given that my luggage will be checked through from Lexington to Sydney I am guessing this could pose a security risk and therefore I may not be able to leave?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport, there are no checks for people leaving the airport. However, DFW is a long way from anything worth seeing so I think you would have a much better time just buying a one day pass to the Admirals club and relaxing rather than spending $100 on taxis to sit in a lot of traffic and see not much.


  • Sydney to DCA with layover in DFW
    Mar 30, 2015
    Hi, I am looking to purchase tickets from Sydney to DCA with layover of 1hour and 40mins in DFW. I done this before however the layover was 3 hours so I wasn't in a rush. I know you will have to collect your bags and go through customs so I feel like the 1hour and 40mins is not enough. Anyone has done this before and can comment? On the return is the same except it is 1hour and 30mins. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    1 hr 40 mins is 10 minutes more than the recommeded time, but many people feel that the recommended time at DFW is no longer enough due to overcrowding. SO I would say it is very borderline. On the way back 1 hr 30 minutes is fine because you do not have to go through US Customs or anything with your bags when leaving the US.


  • Is my layover long enough??
    Mar 3, 2015
    Hi, I am flying in september with american airlines. I am going from Nashville 09:26 - Dallas 11:21 and then Dallas 12:05 - Las Vegas 13:05. It's all with american airlines, i'm just worried that 44 mins in Dallas isn't enough, do you think it will be ok? Thanks in advance!!


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. The SkyLink train connects all terminals inside security if you need to change terminals.


    Thank you so much for your quick response. Your brilliant!!


  • Transit Visa/Luggage Collection
    Nov 22, 2014
    Hi, I will be travelling from Vancouver to Dubai. I will have 3.5hrs layover in Dallas and connecting flight to London. My questions are: Do I need a transit visa to Dallas even if i am not going out of the airport? And do i need to collect my luggage and take on to my next flight which is to London? I'm a Philippine passport holder and my first time to transit to these places. Your reply will be very much appreciated. Thank you so much. :)


    If you purchased one ticket you will preclear us immigration in Vancouver so you will not have to claim your bags in Dallas. Yes, you need a transit visa.


  • 80min Int'l Layover
    Sep 13, 2014
    Hello - I have an 80min layover in DFW, arriving from Lima, Peru (LIM) and connecting to Incheon, Korea (ICN). Will this be enough time with immigration and rechecking my bags? I'm not an American citizen. Any assistance would be much appreciated - thank you!


    It's below the minimum connection time by 10 minutes. However, since there's only one flight a day to/from DTW to those locations, you might as well try it. If you miss you'll get rebooked over somewhere else or get to stay in Dallas overnight.


    Thanks for the info! Very helpful.


  • Layover/Connection-Same Terminal Will I be waiting in Custom/Security?
    Apr 4, 2014
    Have a layover in DFW (coming from inter nation, departing to international), andI know my connecting flight is out of the same terminal. This is my first time connecting at DFW, but have done intl-intl connections at JFK and ATL. People have told me that no matter where you arrive from and are departing too, you always clear customs are are re-screened. I remember this not being the case in ATL. What will happen this time?


    That is the case in ATL, DFW, and every other US airport.


  • layover and checked bags
    Jan 7, 2014
    I am going to have a long layover at DFW coming from Sau Paulo. After going through immigration and customs, can I take my checked bags with me, and recheck them later with my connecting flight?


  • DXB - DFW - DEN
    Sep 27, 2013
    i will be traveling to denver via dallas airport with 4 hrs layover in november. my flight reaches at 9 am in terminal d. could you please guide me the process from exiting the plane. is it the immigration first to clear ? and will my baggage claim be in the same terminal ? will there be signs indicating how to move around. and for the re check in of bags, will it be in the same area where im picking it up ? and after i finsh with the customs too, i need to go to terminal A for the AA flight to denver, do i take the skylink for tht ? how long approx would all this take ?


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