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  • Is 1hr enough to make connection to DL583?
    Apr 9, 2015
    My wife and I are traveling with two young kids to make connection from DL3319 to DL583 in May, with exactly 1 hr to make connection. Will that be enough? Also, on our way back, we will have 1hr30min to make connection including US Customs/immigration. Anyone had any experience or knowledge on this one? Big thanks in advance!


    Yes, both connection times should be sufficient.


  • Layover
    Apr 2, 2015
    I am flying from Columbus Ohio to Detroit. I land on Delta 4138 at 11:15 and I fly out of Detroit to Fort Lauderdale on Delta 2227 at 12.00 Will I have enough time to get to my next flight


    Yes, that should be enough time. All Delta flights at DTW are connected inside security. You may arrive in the B or C concourse which is connected the A concourse will you depart by an underground tunnel.


  • International Connection in Detroit
    Mar 29, 2015
    I will be flying from Denver to Frankfurt with an hour layover in Detroit on may 12th. I am flying united to Detroit and Lufthansa to Frankfurt. Is one hour layover enough time to change planes?


    Yes, that should be enough time. The United gate will be right next to the Lufthansa gate in the low numbered end of the North Terminal and all you have to do is walk from gate to gate.


  • 44 minute layover in Detroit?
    Feb 21, 2015
    On Friday I am DL6003 from Pittsburgh at 1:30 and then will be arriving in Detroit at 2:50. My connecting flight a DL0159 to Incheon, South Korea will depart from Detroit at 3:34 PM. Will this be enough time for me to make it to my connecting flight in Detroit? Will I have to go through security again? Thanks.


    All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both will be in the McNamara Terminal. No security required.


  • customs, baggage claim, layover time concern. Connecting from Toronto
    Nov 24, 2014
    Hi, I will be taking Expressjet Dba Delta Connection (Flight 5311) from Toronto Pearson to DTW where i will be connecting to Delta (Flight 159) to go to Korea. Will the layover time of 54min give me enough time to transfer? From which terminal to which do I have to go? Do I need to go through customs, immigration and baggage claim?


    You will preclear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. In Detroit, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both flights will be in the McNamara Terminal and all gates there are connected inside security. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • connecting time enough?
    Nov 8, 2014
    Delta fight 6016 to 3605 there only 32mins of layover time! is it enough?


    Yes, however it obviously leaves very little time to spare for delays.


  • Enough time?
    May 10, 2014
    My parents are travelling from Dallas to Berlin with layovers in Detroit and Amsterdam. The flight from Dallas to Detroit is operated by Endeavor Air, the flight from Detroit to Amsterdam by Delta. Do my parents have to claim their baggage in Detroit and re-check it for the flight to Amsterdam? Is 90 minutes between the flights enough for people of age 60+ for the layover in Detroit?


    1. As Endeavor Air is a subsidiary of Delta, bags will be automatically transferred at Detroit. 2. For details of the McNamara Terminal, open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the text. 3. Arrivals at AMS from a non-Schengen (foreign) country: passports will be checked upon arrival at, and departure from, Amsterdam Airport. On arrival, after passport control, follow signs to 'Baggage Hall' located on the ground level, retrieve bags, go through customs; then proceed to ticket control and security check to connecting 'Schengen' gate. AMS is easy to make transfers - just follow signs. ( P.S. 60+ is yesterday's 50+!)


  • DL 252 to DL 1622 - 40 min layover - enough time?
    Sep 21, 2014
    Is there enough time at DTW to get from DL 252 to DL 1622 with only a 40 min layover?


    Yes, both flights will be on the A concourse of the McNamara Terminal.


    Not always. For Endeavor leaving Dayton, Ohio arriving DTW my CJ plane gated at Concourse A instead Concourse C. It was unusual Sunday, and it did saved my hurdle for international connection. Always look at the monitor and/or listen cabin P/A upon landing.


  • Do I have enough time for connection?
    Mar 29, 2014
    Taking Delta flight 3472 from OKC connecting with Delta flight 5015 to ORF. Has 52 minute layover. Is that enough time to connect?


    Yes, that should be enough time. All Delta gates at DTW are connected inside security and both of your flights will likely use the B/C concourse.


  • is an hour enough to connect from domestic to international flight
    Jan 20, 2014
    DL 961(MCI) to DL 583(PVG)


    Yes, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be located on concourse A of the McNamara Terminal.


    what a relief! Thanks!


  • International arrival to Kansas city layover time 1hour 20 min?
    Nov 3, 2013
    My sister and brother in law are visiting us from Korea traveling with delta, and layover time is only 80min from DTW to Kansas City. I know they have to go thru custom, recheck baggage and more stuff before even get to the gate to KC. Is 80min enough for all that? They are 1st time flyers to US, so I am very worried.


    After customs clearance & baggage re-check the tunnel connects in the center between Concourse A (near gate 38) and Concourses B & C (at Gates C1 of the lower level). They have sufficient time for transfer.


  • 45 mins layover at DTW
    Jul 17, 2013
    Hi, I am going to Fly to Detroit from Columbus, OH with Delta, and my other flight will be to Amsterdam with KLM. I have just 45 mins layover. Do you think can i catch that plane in 15 mins? Because i guess i have to go International from domestics? and what if my first flight delay a little bit, i don't want to stay in an airport whole day and night to wait the next day plane. Any suggestions? Thanks.


    On your way to Amsterdam, you don't have to do anything "special" for your connection. Just go from your arriving gate to your departing gate. Also, Delta flies 4 flights a day between Detroit and Amsterdam during the summer, so unless your booked on the last flight of the night, if you miss your connection you can just be rebooked.


    Thank you for your response. So do you think can i catch that plane in 45 mins? and do you know the distance between the arriving gate and my departure gate? should i take a bus or subway? I try to check from the map but i cannot understand from the gate numbers. The problem will be if i miss that plane, after Amsterdam i have 2 more connections to my city so i will miss the other planes sequentially and i bought my last plane ticket separately from the others, so Delta or KLM won't cover the last one.


    You won't have to take any buses or anything. If your flight from CMH arrives in the B/C concourse (which it probably will), there's a short tunnel that connects it to A. Your Amsterdam flight will leave from the center of A, near where the tunnel is. It shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to get between your gates.


    Thank you very much for your response.


  • International Layover
    May 21, 2013
    My route is Omaha-Detroit-Frankfurt (Germany) by Delta. Is it enought time 50 minutes layover in Detroit? Do I have to go throught security again after Omaha?


    Your transfer time at Detroit depends on which Airlines you arrive & depart from. The McNamara Terminal is used by Delta & its SkyTeam partners (including Delta & Air France), while the North Terminal uses all other DTW airlines. Both terminals are at different locations, requiring a shuttle connection and going through security check. I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


    Ariive&departure is from McNamara Terminal. Is it enough time 50 minutes? Do I need security check?


    At DTW, the 1-mile long McNamara Terminal has 121 gates in Concourses A & B/C. A tunnel connects in the center between Concourse A (near gate 38) and Concourses B & C (at Gates C1 of the lower level). As Concourse A is the longest, the Express Tram stops at the South station near gate A11, the Terminal station in the center near the water feature, and the North station near gate A67. Concourse A has to the left gates A38-A1; to the right gates A40-78, and at its center the tunnel connecting to Concourse B to the left and Concourse C to the right. No need to go through security. You have enough time.


    You will not have to go through security in Detroit.


    Thank you


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