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  • Short Atlanta layover time from domestic to international flight
    Feb 16, 2017
    Hi, We land in Atlanta from Orlando at 1813 and have to make our connecting flight from Atlanta to Manchester at 1910 (57 mins layover). Is this enough time? I am told that the flight could not have been booked without a viable connection but it seems extremely tight! and does anyone know how close the terminals would be to eachother??


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is take the Plane Train from your arrival concourse to concourse E or F where you depart.




  • Intl Connection
    Feb 13, 2017
    I will be coming from Mexico into Atlanta to connect to Paris. My layover connection is now 2 hrs due to reschedules; will this be enough time to go thru immigration and customs?


    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Time?
    Feb 8, 2017
    I will be flying Delta from Manchester UK to Salt Lake via Atlanta. I have a 1hr 50min layover. Is this enough time to get bags and clear immigration?


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


  • Bar/Restaurant Outside Security
    Jan 27, 2017
    I have a layover from Noon to 3:00. Can you suggest a place where I can meet a friend who lives in Atlanta?


    There's a food court outside security in the domestic terminal. It's not really very big and you'll have to leave to go back through security at like 1:45.


    Thx much. Do you have any suggestions as to good food there?


  • 56 minute layover
    Jan 26, 2017
    Have a 56 minute layover in May, flying Detla, MLI to ATL, ATL to ANU. Will have checked bags, I know we can make the connection as long as our flight is not delayed by much, but will our checked bags make it?


    Yes, that should be enough time for you and your bags. All you and your bags have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • ONY 45 minute layover coming from Boston and then to Buenos Aires!!
    Jan 24, 2017
    My son is flying from Boston to Atlanta and then to Buenos Aires with only a 45 minute layover. So going domestic to international. Worried now that not enough time. Is international terminal easy to access quickly so can jump off plan, and run to the train and make it? Or should we look at rebooking...Help, he leaves soon...


    That is doable but leaves no time to spare if there is a delay.


    So finally did you have you flight ?? Thank you


  • Flying from St Lucia to Amsterdam, have a 2 hour layover in ATL
    Dec 14, 2016
    I will need to go through customs and immigrations, and i'm not sure if this is enough time. I am not a us citizen, please tell me if this is enough time.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • 70 minute connection time from ORD to ATL to LHR
    Dec 4, 2016
    I have flight to LHR from Ord Chicago in American Airlines via ATLANTA with 70 minutes layover before I connect Britesh Airways to London, is 70 minute enough time with 2 kids . Thanks in advance for your help


    Yes, that is enough time. You just have to take the plane train from concourse T where you arrive to Concourse F where you depart and board your flight if all flights are on the same reservation.


  • Quick Connect
    Nov 27, 2016
    Flying from Detroit to Huntsville (HSV) through Atlanta. My layover in Atlanta has me landing at 6:40 from Detroit and departing at 7:25 for Huntsville. How early is gate information usually available?


    You won't know your exact gates until the day of your trip. Your connection is doable.


  • Delta Airlines - Orlando to Montreal with 58 mins layover in Atlanta
    Oct 31, 2016
    I am traveling from Orlando (MCO) to Montreal (YUL) with a layover in Atlanta (ATL) for only 58 mins. I would like to know if that would be enough time to change planes, as I am guessing that there is no US immigration or baggage claims to be done in ATL for my flight to YUL. Thanks!


    Correct, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security. You have enough time.


  • Connection Flight
    Oct 30, 2016
    Sorry military language. Flights from Eleuthera and from Atlanta to Toronto with Delta. Layover between flights is around 90 minutes. Is it enough time to catch my flight to Toronto? Do I need to go through border control if I am a transit passenger? Thank you


    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration and Customs. There is no "sterile transfer" for international to International connections at any airport in the US.


  • Connection flight
    Nov 5, 2016
    Delta. North Eleuthera -Atlanta-Toronto. 97min layover is ok? What procedure should go through ?


    That's barely enough time. You will arrive in Concourse E or F, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you very much. Could you please clarify for me one more thing.. I fly from North Eleuthera to Atlanta with Delta. From Atlanta to Toronto also with Delta. Do I still need to claim my luggage at US Customs And re-check again if my both flights with the same company? I was told by Expedia that Delta will take care of luggage. Is it true? If yes in such case I suppose it should be enough layover time to catch my connection flight. It so happened after Delta change schedule and cut my layover . To change for later flight they ask me to pay extra $200 per ticket. That's why I want to make sure that I have enough time for connection before paying extra 50% for tickets. Thank you.


  • Meeting friend during layover
    Oct 22, 2016
    I have a layover in ATL between domestic flights for 3-½ hrs. Would that be enough time to hang out with my sister and 3yo nephew and get back through security? Is there any place to hang out with a 3yo outside the secure area?


    It's possible. There's not many amenities outside security. There is a food court I think though in the center of the domestic terminal.


  • My short layover with a toddler
    Oct 20, 2016
    I will be arriving the US from Nigeria in November on Delta Flight enroute Washington Dulles via Atlanta. I'll be travelling alone with my 1yr old son. Our layover on the outbound flight is 1hr 40mins. I am new to the ATL airport. I am particularly concerned about the layover, will it be sufficient for me to carry my son along and go through customs, retrieve and recheck our luggage and still make the connecting flight to IAD? I have heard that ATL airport is quite huge and busy. The cost of changing the connecting to a late one is too expensive.


    That is a difficult connection unless the flight from Nigeria is early. The airport is large, but the layout is pretty simple.


  • Layover of 34 minutes in Atlanta for international flight
    Oct 19, 2016
    Hi, I am flying from Lafayette, LA to Atlanta by Delta. I have a connecting flight to Paris with a layover of 34 minutes. At the time I booked the flight layover was 1 hr 10 minutes. Recently they changed the time and layover has reduced to 34 minutes only. I am traveling with 2 kids 7 and 3. Are 34 minutes sufficient to board the connecting international flight?


    It's not impossible but it's awfully difficult. I would call Delta and see if they can get you on either a later flight to Paris or an Earlier flight from Lafayette.


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