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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.
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.
I'm to arrive at the Atlanta airport I have a 39 minute layover is that enough time to get to my next flight or should I book one with a longer layover?
I personally wouldn't try it, but it's not impossible assuming the first flight is domestic. If there's a different schedule that offers a longer layover that works for you, I'd go with that.
Hello. I fly into ATL from Germany and i have an hour and 50 mins. to catch my flight to Chicago. I'm a bit concerned if that's enough time!?
Hello!
I will be flying into ATL from DUS, Germany and i have an hour and 50 mins. to catch my flight to Chicago. I'm a bit concerned if that's enough time!?
Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
I'm flying with Delta from YYZ @ 7:20 to SFO @12:55. Have 1 hr. layover at ATL. Very short time in between flight!! Am I right in thinking I have to go through customs and security? I have a kid traveling with me? Will I be running like crazy? Many thanks for any comments.
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Atlanta is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security. You have enough time if the first flight is on-time.
I'm coming in to ATL from MIA and arriving in domestic term-south(according to airline) my connecting flight to SEA will depart from the same terminal(domestic term-south). Is 45 minutes enough time to make my connecting flight to SEA? I'm flying with Delta and have checked-in luggage. Thanks in advance.
Yes, that should be just enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.
No need to ask the same question twice.
Srry about that. Thought that my previous one wasn't posted.
I'm coming from MIA to ATL and arriving in domestic term-south(this is what the airline says. I'll be departing for SEA 45 minutes later from the same terminal(domestic term-south). I have checked in luggage. Will 45 minutes be enough time to make my flight to SEA? Many thanks in advance.
Yes, that should be just enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.
I am coming into Atlanta from Lima, Peru, and got 6 hours to pass until going out to Seattle, and then on to Vancouver - will my luggage be checked through, or do I have to clear customs there? And if i can leave, how much time will i need to expect to get to the city, and back? Thank you!!!
Yes, in Atlanta you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. You don't really have enough time to go into the city - by the time you got there you'd have to turn around and go back to the airport.
Thank you so much!! Very helpful!
sorry to tag one on - do you think shortening the "lay-over" to 2.5 hours would be too short for customs and all that?
2.5 hours is possible but obviously does add some risk if the first flight is delayed.
Hi! I am a non US resident and will come from Japan at 23 Aug (DL296). I will have connecting flight to Midway Chicago (DL1331) at 18:05. Since it will be my first time using Delta and go to Atlanta, I wonder if I can make it to my connecting flight on time. I actually want to go to Delta Flight Museum because I am an avid museum goer, so do you think it is wise to go out through immigration and security and come back again or it is better to stay within the airport?
I read somewhere about civil rights related exhibition (or museum) near the airport. do you know about this?
I also want to grab Atlanta`s signature fast food (if there is) during my layover, what will you recommend? I heard about chic fil a, would love to give it a try
Thanks a lot!
You absolutely don't have enough time to do that. You only have enough time to make your connection.
Thanks for your advice!
Do you think having a checked bag will make my time more tighter.