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  • Best layover time for connection between McNamara and North terminals?
    Jul 25, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


  • 43 mins connection time!!!!what about my luggage?
    Jul 16, 2013
    flight from orlando(delta) to detroit em, gives 43 minute connection time with air france flight to amsterdam.i have read, and appreciate that i could potentially make the connection in 15 mins.but what about my cases?will they make it too?43 mins seems awfully tight!


    Yes, the connection will all be on the same concourse and it really shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to get between gates.


  • Delta to Spirit Airlines connection?
    Jul 8, 2013
    I am flying into DTW on a delta flight and I have a connection flight with spirit airlines that is 45 minutes after I land. Assuming my flights are on time, will I make it even though I'll have to switch terminals?


    No, you will not. You have to take a bus between terminals and since not many people connect between terminals at DTW, the bus doesn't run very frequently. You might have a slight chance of making it if you have no checked bags and your Delta flight gets in early. You shouldn't have booked that connection.


  • Where is gate EM for Delta?
    Jul 8, 2013
    Gate EM does not appear on any DTW terminal map. It's for Delta flights.


    So EM is McNamara Terminal. Delta lists my departure gate as EM. Not very helpful when planning quick turns.


    Delta will post your exact departure gate the day of departure.


    Am coming in on Delta have to change flights. I know that the plane comes in at zon3. Help


  • 56 min connection time
    Jul 2, 2013
    Will 56 mins be enough time to change from domestic Delta flight arriving 20:39 to an international Air France flight?


    Yes, it should be if your first flight is on-time. All Delta/Air France gates can be reached within 15 minutes of one another.


  • Montreal-DTW-NRT
    Jul 2, 2013
    I will be flying from Montreal YUL to Taipei TPE with two transfers in DTW and NRT at the end of July. I'm flying Delta, but for the YUL-DTW flight, I can choose between Chautauqua or Pinnacle, departing 2 hours apart. It will then be a Delta 747 flight to Tokyo. My questions are: 1. Will I be arriving at the same terminal, whether I choose Chautauqua or Pinnacle? 2. Where do I need to go next to catch my flight to Tokyo? 3. Do I have to get my bags and check them in again or will they be transfered until I reach Taipei if all flights are booked through Delta? 4. Will I have to go through customs in Detroit or will I be going through them in Montreal? 5. I'll either have 2h30 or 4h30 layover depending on the time I leave YUL. Is 2h30 enough? 4h30 seems too much. Thanks for your help. This will be my first International flight.


    Yes, the Chautauqua and Pinnacle flights are both Delta Connection and both will arrive in the same part of the McNamara Terminal (the B or C concourse). Your Tokyo flight will depart from the center of the A concourse in the McNamara terminal. There's a short underground tunnel between the two concourses. You will preclear US Immigration in Montreal. You will not have to touch your baggage after that until you get to Taipei. 2:30 should be enough time.


    Wow! That was fast! Thank you so much :)


    I cannot tell you where either Chautauqua or Pinnacle will arrive at Detroit Metro Airport - it could be at the McNamara Terminal, which has Concourses A, B & C (with corresponding gate numbers), or at the North Terminal, which has D gates. If Arriving at North Terminal, you would need to take the shuttle bus running every 10 mins and taking about 7 mins. Find out whether either of the two airlines will transfer bags to your Delta connection at McNamara Terminal; if not, you need to take your bag & check it in with Delta before proceeding to go through security check and on to your gate. You will arrive at DTW as a domestic arrival, as you will go through U.S. customs clearance in Montreal. 2.5 hrs should suffice. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/dtw, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'MAPS & DIRECTIONS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


    Disregard anything FRJUn said about the north terminal - your flights will all be in the McNamara terminal.


    One last thing concerning that flight. I booked it this morning and before I booked, they were asking on Delta's website that I choose 3 seats, one YUL-DTW, one DTW-NRT and one in NRT-TPE. However, when I proceeded with the booking, they only made me choose a seat in YUL and in DTW. It's Delta 275 from DTW-NRT and NRT-TPE. Should I assume that I will be staying on the plane during the 90 minute layover in NRT before heading to TPE? I've been reading other comments on websites about such situations and some people say that you stay on the plane and are allowed to change seats after everyone who stays in NRT has gotten off. Other say that with 90 minute layover, the crew might ask us to get off the plane and stay in the terminal to come back after they cleaned up. Is there a chance that I will be changing planes even if they only made me choose one seat? Any chance they will ask us to stay on the plane for a 90 min layover? Are we really allowed to change seats? What about the people who get on the plane, didn't they have reservations made? I'm confused. Thanks for your help!


    You may either stay on the plane or get off the plane and stay in the gate area. There's a slight chance they might have to swap you to a different plane because of a mechanical problem - in that case they would either use another plane of the same type and your seat would remain the same, or if they had to swap in a different type, they would give you a new seat assignment. People say that you can move seats because the NRT-TPE flight is not usually very full.


  • Connection from gate C to Gate A
    May 29, 2013
    flight landing at 5:33pm at gate C, connecting flight at Gate A departs at 5:50 pm, will i make it?


    You will have to hope that your first flight is on-time and run.


  • Transfer to DTW
    May 21, 2013
    This will be our first time traveling to the US and I'm worried that we won't make our connection, because we have to go through customs in Detroit. We will be coming via Amsterdam with Delta and landing in DTW at 1.05pm. Our connection to Denver is at 3.42pm. I can use any help I can get as far as information about what terminal would we land coming from Amsterdam? How do we get to customs? I'm traveling with a child, who is a citizen and I will be entering on a tourist visa. Can we go through customs together or are there two different lines we need to be in? How do we re-check our luggage?What terminal would our connection to Denver leave from ( also with Delta) and how do we get to the next gate?


    We went through Detroit last year, took about 1 hour to clear immigration, collect and recheck our bags and get to the gate for our onward flight. Since then tho' I gather it's taking longer as staff cuts bite. I think your timings are good, you shouldn't have a problem. The staff at immigration were very pleasant and will be able to advice which lines to join. Once you've got your bags, go through customs and there's a place to hand your bags back in, it works very well! If you've bought any duty free, you can put it into your hold baggage before handing it over. At Amsterdam they won't let you take any liquids through security, even purchased airside, not even abottle of water bought at the kiosk next to the gate!


    Both flights will be in the McNamara terminal. If you're with a child I'm sure they will let you go through together. The path to immigration when you arrive will be obvious - it will be the only way to go. There will be a re-check counter just as you exit customs. To get to your next gate you just go upstairs after re-checking your bags, go back through security, and look on the monitors for the gate for your flight to Denver and follow the signs to it. DTW has a very simple layout.


  • McNamara to North terminal
    May 17, 2013
    I'm arriving in McNamara (delta)


    You have to take a shuttle bus. I would allow at least 1.5 hours for such a transfer.


  • Connection Orlando-DTW-Amsterdam 50min
    May 15, 2013
    I would like to book flight and there's an offer from Air France: Orlando-Detroit-Amsterdam-StPetersburg. Delta-Delta-Klm Is it possible to pass international passport control in 50 minutes? Flight from Orlando arrives at 18:43 and flight to Amsterdam departs at 19:40.


    There will be no international passport control in Detroit on that Itinerary. Orlando-Detroit is domestic. You could make that connection.


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