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  • 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.

     

  • What terminal
    Aug 8, 2013
    2
    / arriving tomorrow D961 where do i make connection to Elmire NY

     

    What is "D961". What airline are you flying into Detroit? Flights to Elmira are operated by Delta Connection and will likely depart from the C concourse of the McNamara Terminal.

     

    If "D961" is Delta 961, then it arrives in the A concourse of the McNamara Terminal

     

  • catching an international flight in 45 min
    Jul 31, 2013
    2
    I have a flight from ord to DTW vias delta - my flight arrive in detroit at 7pm and my flight from detroit to Sao paulo Brazil leaves at 7:45 . IT says that arrival and departure are in EM terminal so I am thinking that I should just be able to walk to the next gate -Any advice ? will 30 min be enough ?

     

    Yes, you can just walk from gate to gate. You should have enough time if you hurry but you'll have to hope your flight from Chicago is on-time.

     

    obrigado -( thank you)

     

  • Best layover time for connection between McNamara and North terminals?
    Jul 25, 2013
    2
    Coming from Paris to McNamara; need to connect to Southwest at North terminal. Have a choice of 2 flights -- one allows 2 hours; other 3 hours. Which should I choose?

     

    Definitely the 3 Hours. Immigration could take an hour, The bus can take another half an hour, and you have to be at the Southwest counter an hour early to re-check your bag.

     

    Thanks. Scheduled the 3 hour layover, even though I'll not have to check any baggage (all carry on) the additional time should relieve some anxiety, especially if the AirFrance flight is a bit late getting in.

     

  • connections
    Jul 25, 2013
    1
    I am arriving at DTW from Amsterdam by KLM terminal EM at 10:40,to board Canadair to JAX Florida at12:01. Can I catch my flight considering time loss with the USA Customs/Immigration.

     

    FYI "Canadair" is an aircraft type, not an airline. Your flight is probably on Delta Connection. Both of your flights will be in the same terminal (the McNamara terminal). You should have enough time but you'll have to hurry. If you miss your connection, that is the only flight of the day between Detroit and Jacksonville. If that happens you will probably be rebooked through Atlanta.

     

  • connection gates
    Jul 25, 2013
    1
    coming in on delta with 45 minutes to get to Expressjet. Can I make it?

     

    If your Expressjet flight is Delta Connection, then yes, you can make it. All the Delta gates at DTW are close together.

     

  • Connecting to Air France within 40 minutes
    Jul 22, 2013
    1
    How will I make a Delta flight from GSP to Air France within 43 minutes?

     

    Both airlines serve in the McNamara Terminal, which has Concourses A, B C with corresponding gates. Concourse A, reached from level 2, has 1.5 miles of moving walkways . Additionally, 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. Concourse B at right has gates B1-21on opposite sides. Concourse C at left has C1 through C43 on opposite sides. An elevator between Concourses B & C leads to the Lower Level gates C1 to C7.

     

  • Connections
    Sep 8, 2013
    5
    Flying from Seattle to Detroit tomorrow. How do I know if connecting flight to Lexington is in same terminal?

     

    All Delta and Delta Connection flights are in the McNamara Terminal, which it sounds like you are on.

     

    Your arrival & departure Terminal, Concourse & gate depends on which airline you take. of the two terminals - McNamara & North Terminal - the latter serves only Air Canada, AirTran, American, Frontier, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways & all charters. All others use McNamara terminal, which has Concourses A,B,C, with corresponding gates (i.e., gate A67). If you need to transfer between terminals, take the shuttle bus running every 10 mins & taking about 10 minutes).

     

    Ignore frjul. It sounds like both of your flights are in the McNamara Terminal as only Delta/Delta Connection flies SEA-DTW or DTW-LEX. You will not have to change terminals.

     

    Thank you so much! I made it home and just as you said it was all in the same terminal. I appreciate your help.

     

    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

     

  • 85mins connecting time. can i make it?
    Jul 17, 2013
    1
    This will be our first time traveling to the US with baby and I'm worried that we won't make our connection, because we have to go through customs and immigration in Detroit. We will be coming via Nagoya with Delta and landing in DTW at 12:25pm and Our connection to San Antonio is at 1:50pm with same airline. how do i get to immigration and customs then check in for next flight in just 85 minutes. we will be entering on a tourist visa. Does the DTW airport have courtesy lane for passenger with baby. How do i re-check our luggage?and how do we get to the next gate?

     

    You will be checked in for your second flight in Nagoya. You will be funneled towards immigration on arrival - it will be the only place you can go. You will go through immigration (there are no special lanes for people with babies), then claim your baggage, then go through customs, then there will be a re-check counter to drop off your baggage again with Delta. Then you go upstairs to the departures level and back through security and to your gate. The McNamara terminal at DTW has a very simple layout with numerous maps to help you find your way.

     





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