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  • is 1.5h enough?
    Jun 23, 2016
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    Hi. I am flying with United Airlines from Managua to IAH terminal E and have a 1.5h layover to catch my flight with Lufthansa (also departing from terminal E) to London. Can someone advise whether this is feasible? Also, can someone confirm if I need to collect my luggage in Houston or whether it'll be sent straight to LHR since I am just in transit there. Esta is sorted, I hold a Spanish passport (no access to Global Entry). Thanks a million!

     

    Your flight to London will also be operated by United. In Houston you will go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security but should not have to claim your bags. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Layover time from Cancun to London
    Jun 21, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm planning to travel from Cancun to London via IAH and the flight operator is stating a layover time of 2:08min - is this enough time? I will have both hand and stowed luggage but I assume as both flights are with the same airline the stowed luggage will be transferred by the airline. Many Thanks

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on United you won't have to claim your bags in Houston, but you will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security.

     

  • from st louis to costa rica
    Jun 20, 2016
    1
    Hi I will be traveling soon from st Louis to Costa Erica. Will 1h 15 min connection time be enough in Houston? Thank you

     

    Yes, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you have to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.

     

  • can i leave the airport on my layover
    May 23, 2016
    1
    Hi, In a uk citizen travelling to Belize with a 13 hour overnight layover at IAH. I believe I do not need a visa but unsure whether I would be allowed to leave the airport (in order to sleep in a hotel), and whether i would have my checked baggage? Any suggestions? Thank you

     

    You do not need a Visa but you need to complete ESTA. Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport.

     

  • 14 hours layover
    May 9, 2016
    1
    I have a 14 hour layover when I get to IAH from BWI can I leave the airport and come back before my connecting flight ? would I have to clear customs or anything ?

     

    There is no customs when traveling between two points in the US. Yes, you can leave the airport, you will just have to go through security when you come back. However, take note that there's not a whole lot to do in Houston unless you know someone there.

     

  • 4 hour layover- meeting family
    Apr 28, 2016
    1
    A nephew and his wife will be coming thru IAH on United from Omaha going to Cancun. They will have a 4 hr layover. It is possible to meet them somewhere? I am not sure that would be enough time for them if we left the airport to have dinner. I am also not sure that there is anywhere we could eat that is not past the security which we will not be able to pass. Any suggestions? Thank you.

     

    You could meet at the on-site airport hotel (the Marriott) and have dinner.

     

  • 1:20 layover (international)
    Apr 26, 2016
    2
    I'm considering booking a flight from El Salvador to Newark, with a 1:20 layover in IAH. United all the way (switching from terminal C to E), carry-on only, but still a bit afraid of the short layover. What do you think?

     

    You have the terminals reversed, you will arrive in E and depart from C. 80 minutes is below the minimum International to domestic connection time in Houston.

     

    Whoops, you're right about the terminals. It's strange that the airline would offer that booking, guess I should look for another flight.

     

  • NOLA to Mexico via IAH
    Apr 24, 2016
    1
    flying from new orleans to mexico city with a 54 minute layover in IAH...will that be enough time to run from arrival to departure gate or should i choose a different flight? i am canadian so was wondering if i'll have to go through customs or anything which would take up time?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If you have to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.

     

  • 2hrs 10 min layover
    Apr 19, 2016
    1
    I'm flying from Iran to PDX, and there is a 2hrs 10 min layover at IAH. Since my husband and I have to go through Immigration and claim our luggage, do you think 2hrs and 10 min is enough?

     

    Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Traveling to Cancun from Nashville 6 hour layover
    Apr 18, 2016
    1
    Can I leave the airport? Is it advised to do so or just camp it out in the airport? from 8am to 2pm

     

    Yes, you can leave, however, it's a long expensive ride into the city and not much to see when you get there. So I suggest you just stay at the airport.

     

  • Is 1 hour enough time
    Apr 2, 2016
    1
    I am flying SNA to MID in June, with a 1 hour layover at IAH. The last time I made this trip the first leg was late and had to sprint through the airport and barely made it to the flight. Are flights out of California usually delayed? I would rather not repeat the experience. The other option is a 3 hour layover.

     

    Delays on flights out of Southern California are very rare. Your plane was probably delayed getting to SNA.

     

  • Layover to Europe
    Apr 30, 2016
    2
    I flight this year from Cancun to Frankfurt via IAH. I only have 1 Hour and 12 Minutes layover. All two flights are United Flights. Will I have enough time to get my flight to FRA?

     

    No, that's well below the recommended international to international connection time at IAH.

     

    Ok thank you so much! :)

     

  • Can I get out of Airport with C1 Visa to burn layover of 13 hours
    Apr 1, 2016
    2
    I am headed to Costa Rica from Philippines and I have a C1-Visa however I do have a ticket with a 13 hours layover at LAX can I go out the airport?

     

    Yes, once you clear US Immigration and Customs in LAX you will be outside security and can leave the airport as long as you show up for your next flight.

     

    Thank you for the response

     

  • layover thoughts?
    Mar 31, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling from Boston to San Antonio with United. My layover is only 38 minutes in Houston. Is that enough time?

     

    It's enough time if the flight from Boston is on-time.

     

  • 47 minute layover
    Mar 24, 2016
    1
    grr to sjo with 47 minutes layover at iah. carry-on only. enough time? and how do I find out at what terminal I'll be arriving?

     

    You'll arrive in Terminal B and depart from Terminal E. This is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.

     

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