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  • Enough time for transfer to miami.
    Oct 25, 2013
    7
    This would be my first time for traveling with transfer. I arrive from Amsterdam with DL 251 at 10.40 a.m. and have a transfer with DL 1704 at 14.00 p.m. Please help me what I exactly have to do. Must I Pick up my luggage first and clear in. Is that in the neighbourhood where I left my plane from Amsterdam? Is the gate where I have to go in the same area\? Must I go with elevators or shuttle buses. Please help me.

     

    You will arrive at, and depart from, the South Terminal, which has Conccourses /gates H & J. International Arrivals will be processed at Arrivals J (follow directions), where they need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag. Thereafter, proceed to your connecting Concourse H (H gates) for Delta connection.

     

    On arrival at DTW, you will be processed at the lower level of McNamara Terminal and thereafter take the escalator thereafter to level 1, and proceed from there to level 2 with Concourses/Gates. On arrival, you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag . You can connect to your departing gates by moving walkways or by taking the Express Tram. The McNamara Terminal has Concourses A, B & C with corresponding gates. The overhead screens will indicate flight numbers & gates. You have plenty of time.

     

    Thanks thoct13 for your answers. If I understand you quite well as follows: We arrive from Amsterdam at the lower lever of McNamara Terminal. Then we first must take the elevator to level 1. Then another elevator to level 2 where the gates are displayed. Then thereafter through the passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance with bags, luggage etc. and then re-check in luggage and then to our connecting flight to Miamiby moving walkways. I do not understand what gates H & J and J have to do with my transfer. Please I am so worried, let me know exactly what to do.

     

    thoct's post was very confusing - here is what you do. You will arrive in the immigration area of the McNamara Terminal, which is on the lower level. When there you will go through US immigration, claim your baggage, and go through US customs. After exiting customs you can re-check your bags with Delta. Then you will go upstairs to the departure level and go through security and to your gate. Everything is directly connected - no shuttles required.

     

    Oh. Thank you Zap. My flight from Amsterdam to Detroit will be DL 251, arriving time 10.40. Then flight nr DL 1704 departure 14.00 pm to Miami. Your answer is very clear. Do you know the gate of arrival and the gate of departure? Is that a big distance from each other? Thx ZAP again.

     

    You won't know the exact gates until the day of your flight, but all the international arrival gates are near the center of the A concourse and your Miami flight will also leave from somewhere in the A concourse.

     

    ZAP. Thx very much. I think that because of you i will feel me much relaxer then before. Grts from Amsterdam.

     

  • Gates?
    Sep 30, 2013
    2
    Arriving from MKE, departing to FRA, which concourses/gates most likely? Thanks !

     

    That depends on your airlines. DTW has 2 terminals. The McNamara Terminal is used for all airlines serving DTW, except Air Canada, AirTran, American, Frontier, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways & all charters - which use the North Terminal. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/dtw, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    Well since only Delta flies MKE-DTW you will arrive in the McNamara Terminal, probably concourse A as it appears all the afternoon arrivals are Delta and not Delta Connection. If your flight to FRA is also operated by Delta you will also leave from concourse A. If your flight to FRA is on Lufthansa you will have to take a bus to the North Terminal and you will need at least 90 minutes for your transfer.

     

  • connecting flight
    Sep 16, 2013
    2
    My connecting flight at DTW only says that its "Delta 1928". I am an unexperienced flyer and would like to know how to find it. Will there be clear signs?

     

    'DL1928'would be the flight number which you will see listed on the overhead screens of the arriving terminal. It will also list the gate number and departure time. Delta uses the McNamara Terminal which has Concourses A & B/C (and A, B, C gate numbers). A tunnel connects in the center between Concourse A (near gate 38) and Concourses B & C (at Gates C1 of the lower level). If you happen to arrive at the North Terminal (D gates), you would need to take the shuttle bus outside, which runs every 10 mins, to the McNamara terminal, and go there through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/dtw. then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    If all of your flights are on Delta then all of them will be in the McNamara terminal. If you want more help, please post info on your other flight.

     

  • DTW First Timer
    Sep 10, 2013
    2
    I'm flying from Toronto to Amsterdam, connection at DTW. All flights are either Delta or Delta/operated by KLM. My understanding is... once at DTW, I'll need to claim baggage, clear customs, and re-check any baggage again.... If my flights are on time, will 55 mins be enough time to transfer?

     

    That is incorrect, on your way to Amsterdam, you will pre-clear US immigration in Toronto, all you will have to do is go from gate to gate. 55 minutes is enough time to do this. On the way from Amsterdam to Toronto, if you're connecting in Detroit then, that is when you would have to go through US immigration in Detroit.

     

    Thanks for answering my question so quick. Your help with this was appreciated.

     

  • handicap person trying to make connecting flights
    Sep 10, 2013
    4
    we have 40 minutes to make a connection flying on Delta Operated by ENDEAVOR AIR Extra concern is I need to have use of a wheelchair. How do I handle this at the airport?/

     

    You need to request wheelchair service from Delta by calling them.

     

    I always request a wheelchair but some airports are better at having them then other, and I never used DWT or had to transfer planes before so I don't know how long that will take.

     

    I did ask for a wheelchair

     

    OK you should be fine then. 40 minutes is enough time if your flights are on-time.

     

  • First time flying alone
    Sep 9, 2013
    7
    This forum is great! My daughter is connecting at DTW from Denver to Bangor, Maine. The plane to Maine is a Canadair regional jet 900. (Her entire trip is on Delta) Do the smaller planes leave from a particular concourse? She's a little nervous, me too. Any idea what to expect upon arrival? Thank you so much.

     

    It appears that that flight usually uses the B concourse of the McNamara Terminal. Her arrival from Denver will be in the A concourse. Also, the CRJ-900 is one of the largest regional jets, so it won't feel small at all.

     

    Thank you so very much! What is the easiest way to get to concourse B from A?

     

    The only way to get between them is an underground tunnel w/ moving walkways. There are clear signs showing the path from the A to B gates.

     

    Thanks, this makes me feel a ton better.

     

    actually, how much time would one need between gates A and B?

     

    Anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes would be typical, depending on where in A the Denver flight comes in.

     

    Thank you so much, this forum is so cool and you are great ZAP!

     

  • getting off on connection flight, not continuing onward
    Sep 8, 2013
    1
    i was wondering if anybody knew, if im able to just leave and not board a connection flight. i plan to leave Amsterdam , and found a great priced ticket and round trip., but it goes from Amsterdam to Detroit to Chicago (all on one ticket) but i really would rather get off in Detroit because its closer to my destination. is it illegal to miss the flight to chicago? also i would be going through customs there , right? thanks!!!

     

    It's not illegal, however, if you bought a roundtrip ticket and do not board the Detroit-Chicago flight, then Delta may cancel the rest of your itinerary. Yes, you will be going through US immigration in Detroit.

     

  • Detroit to Cincinnati - 30 mins
    Sep 8, 2013
    3
    I have to catch a connecting flight from Detroit to Cincinnati in 30 minutes. Both are "delta connection" planes. Hoping the gates will be in the same part of the airport. Any insight? Is 30 minutes enough time?

     

    Most of the Delta conneciton flights use the B/C concourse of the McNamara terminal. Some use the A concourse though. If your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.

     

    I fly from Amsterdam to Detroit landing at 1040 will I be able to make connecting flight to Miami that leaves at 1215. seeing I will have to clear customs and what not. I hope so I catch another connecting flight from Miami to grand caymans at 1930

     

    You should be OK, it'll be tight and you'll have to hurry though - Assuming your Detroit-Miami flight is on Delta. If it's on American, no chance.

     

  • Connecting flight (Buffalo from Paris with KLM/Delta)
    Aug 30, 2013
    4
    Noticed there was a similar post flying from Amsterdam. I'm flying from Aberdeen to Paris, and then on to Detroit (with KLM- Delta operated)- I have a connection time of 1 hour 55 minutes to get to Buffalo (straight through ticket with Delta). Arrive in Detroit early afternoon on a Thursday- will the connection be possible? I'm a British National. Have been through Detroit before, but not as the point of entry. Cheers

     

    On arrival at DTW at International Terminal D (TD), you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bags. Delta uses Terminal E, reached by the Sky Link train, which runs at post-security: At TD, stopping at gates D2, 20, 25 & 34; at TE stopping at gates E8-11 & E31-32. It runs every 2 mins and takes about 5 mins on average. You have enough transfer time.

     

    tuaug is confusing DTW with DFW, because he is a moron, ignore everything he said. At DTW you will arrive in the McNamara terminal where you will clear immigration, claim your bags, clear customs, and recheck your bags, then go back upstairs and through security. The McNamara consists of 3 concourses in two long bars (A and B/C) which are connected by an underground tunnel. It is very simple to navigate once you get through security.

     

    Many thanks for the reply ZAP. Do you think that that's all possible in 1 hr 55 min. I guess if I missed the connection, KLM/Delta would stick me on the next flight? I presume it wouldn't be too busy on a Thurs. afternoon.

     

    Yes, you shoul dhave enough time. Thurs afternoon will actually be pretty busy, but you should still be OK, yes, if you miss then they'll put you on their next Detroit-Buffalo flight

     

  • Enough transfer time?
    Aug 26, 2013
    6
    I am flying in from Amsterdam to Detroit EM and have a connecting flight to Buffalo, NY. From landing till take off I only have 90 mins. Do you think this will be enough for immigration, picking up the luggage and dropping them off again, plus check in? Are there fast lines? Is there a recommended way to take between terminals maybe? Thanks in advance!

     

    90 mins is not enough time for transfer: DTW has 2 terminals - the McNamara Terminal serves Delta & its SkyTeam partners, as well as Air France & KLM, while the North Terminal serves non-SkyTeam members. Emirates (not listed at DFW) does not belong to any airline Alliance - meaning on arrival, after customs clearance, you may have to take your bag to the connecting terminal - check with Emirates if they transfer your bags. A detailed description of each terminal, Concourse & gates and how to transfer can be found at www.ifly.com/dtw - click on 'Terminal Maps' under QUICK LINKS.

     

    Ignore what moaug just said - you will not have to transfer Terminals and you are not flying Emirates so I don't know why he mentioned that. All your flights will be in the McNamara terminal as it appears they are all on Delta as Delta is the only airline that flies to Amsterdam and Buffalo from Detroit. There are no fast lanes, but you should have enough time.

     

    90 mins transfer may barely be enough time for transfer: DTW has 2 terminals - the McNamara Terminal serves Delta & its SkyTeam partners, as well as Air France & KLM, while the North Terminal serves non-SkyTeam members. Both terminals are at different locations and you may need to take the shuttle bus running every 10 mins and taking 7 mins. Emirates (not listed at DFW) does not belong to any airline Alliance - meaning on arrival, after customs clearance, you may have to take your bag to the connecting terminal - check with Emirates if they transfer your bags. A detailed description of each terminal, Concourse & gates and how to transfer can be found at www.ifly.com/dtw - click on 'Terminal Maps' under QUICK LINKS.

     

    Thanks for the comments. I fly KLM (operated by Delta). Originally I had 4 hours to transfer but there was a flight change and now I am afraid I will not make it in due time. As far as I understood all actions should take place in the McNamara terminal, this is why I am hoping....

     

    Again, please ignore Moaug - I don't know why he thinks you are flying Emirates. Yes, all your flights will be in the McNamara terminal. If Delta changed your schedule and you're uncomfortable with it, you can ask to perhaps be put on an earlier flight from Amsterdam to Detroit or a later flight from Detroit to Buffalo for no change fee if possible. Just call them.

     

    I did. The lady told me that according to their record the transfer time should be feasible! I hope she is right! ;)

     

  • Waiting for the Michigan flyer
    Aug 18, 2013
    1
    I will arrive dtw at 1:30am and have to wait till 7am to take the michigan flyer. Can i stay in the airport during these time?

     

    You should be able to stay in the baggage claim area.

     

  • Transfer between A and B/C concourses
    Aug 17, 2013
    2
    Is there a shuttle bus/people miover/train system or just a tunnel walkway between these consncourses?

     

    At DTW, Concourse A of McNamara has 1.5 miles of moving walkways, but also uses the Express Tram serving 3 stations - the South station near gate A11, the Terminal station in the center near the water feature, and the North station near gate A67. Concouses B (left) & C (right) can only be reached from Concourse A, at its center, by using the tunnel. Note: C gates C1-C7 are on the lower level, reached in the center of B/C via elcalator.

     

    It's not a long walk through the tunnel between A and B/C

     

  • 1.15 minutes to transfer
    Aug 13, 2013
    2
    I am arriving on dtw with delta flight dl1157 from miami and flying through to amsterdam on dl252 on august 15. Will iIhave enough time 1 hour and 15 minutes to transfer. Do I have to pickup my bagage to transfer?

     

    No, you will not have to pick up your baggage and you will have plenty of time. Both of your flights will be on concourse A of the McNamara Terminal.

     

    Thank you very much!

     

  • North and McNamara Terminals
    Aug 10, 2013
    3
    Isn't there an underground walkway between the terminals? I have relatives flying in and arriving at the seperate terminals within an hour of each.

     

    No, there is no underground walkway between North and McNamara. The underground walkway you're thinking of goes between the A and B/C concourses of the McNamara terminal. The North and McNamara terminals are over a mile apart.

     

    thank you for the response.

     

    A shuttle bus runs every 10 mins between the two terminals, makes a stop at the Westin Hotel - a total of 9-10 mins.

     

  • which concourse
    Aug 8, 2013
    1
    Which concourse is likely for arrival of Delta flight 5486 from SBN in September? Do you have an idea for Delta 1681 from DTW to ATL?

     

    You will likely arrive in C and depart from A.

     





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