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  • 4.5hrs layover with kids
    May 22, 2015
    Hi, we arrive at FCo from Palermo, Sicily, before we fly onto Barcelona. We have about 4…5 hours layover in the middle of the day. We have out two boys, 14&6, with us, so we would love to leave the airport and spend the time getting some lunch and getting some fresh air. Happy to get a taxi to and from. Any recommendations? We don't need to go into Rome as will have been there before heading to Sicily...


  • Atlanta 30 minute layover
    May 20, 2015
    I am flying from norfolk Virginia to Indiana. I have a 30 minute layover in Atlanta, is that enough time to make my next flight. I am flying delta airlines.


    It's barely 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. You will barely have enough time if your flight from Norfolk is on-time.


  • Connection flight
    May 19, 2015
    I'm flying in from Amsterdam v min with connection flight to Orlando . Is 2 hours enough time to do this .


    Where are you connecting? What airlines are you flying? Were tickets purchased together or separately?


  • Flying from Houston to Sydney via Dallas with Qantas
    May 20, 2015
    Purchased tix from Qantas. Flying out of Houston and Final destination is Sydney. Few questions: 1. Do we have to pick up our bags in Dallas and re-check in 2. There is only a 1 hour layover, will that be enough time to arrive and go to the next flight. If not, what would be the minimum amount of time required? Thanks in advance.


    No you will not have to pick up your bags in Dallas on the way to Sydney. 1 hour should be enough time. Your flight from Houston to Dallas will be operated by American. You will have to take the SkyLink train from your arrival terminal to Terminal D where your flight to Sydney will depart. The SkyLink train runs inside security.


    Thanks Zap! Appreciate your quick response.


    How many minutes between arriving terminal to terminal D?


    Somewhere between 5 and 15, depending on where you arrive.


    Thanks, Zap


    May 16, 2015
    HI I am flying from SLC to CDG (france) with a 1 hour layover in SFO with one checked item. Do I have enough time? Do I have to go through security and get my checked item? Or is my checked item going directly from SLC to CDG? I'm french by the way.


  • Layover
    May 18, 2015
    My international flight KLM will arrive Detroit at 12 19pm and the connecting flight to Columbus is at 1 57pm which is delta operated by shuttle America ...will this 1hour 38mins enough for the immigration ?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the first flight is on-time.


    Thanks for the reply..and do we have to recheckin the baggage in the detriot airport


    Yes, in Detroit you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you...are you sure in each and every case this would apply?..because when I call the KLM customer care they give variety of answers each time like you don't have to collect your baggage at Detroit ,it reaches your final destination and other customer care representative says you have to recheck in the baggage...this is the reason I am confused :(


    Everyone arriving on an International flight into Detroit has to collect their baggage to go through US Customs. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed.


    Thanks for your's a great help


  • international transferred to domestic layover
    May 15, 2015
    i am flying from Shanghai to Baltimore, I have a layover in Detroit. My flight got delayed 3 hours so I will arrive in Detroit through Delta 582 at 9:15pm and transfer to 679 Delta 679, which leaves around 9:55pm. Is 40 minutes enough time since it is international flight transferring to domestic? Thanks!


    No, it isn't under normal circumstances. However, that late immigration and customs at DTW will be empty and security lines should be short. So you have a chance of making it. Especially if the flight to Baltimore is delayed a little bit.


  • layover only 1hr & 10 minutes
    May 16, 2015
    am flying from PDX to JED saudi arabia, i have two stops: 1st in SEA with 1hr layover & 2nd in Paris, then from paris to saudi arabia. My ques. is: after check-in in Portland, and arriving SEA; Do i'll have to go through customs and collect my bags and re check-in ? or i can go directly to my next flight gate. Knowing that i purchase 1-tkt with one reservation. And should 1hr is enough time !!? pls advice.


    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.




  • Will 38 mins layover be enough?
    May 13, 2015
    I will fly from Chicago Midway with Delta 4832 arrive at Detroit 2.42 PM and will fly from Detroit with Delta 1486 at 3.20 PM to Washington DC. Will I have enough time to reach my next flight? And what about my loaded luggage?


    That should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All Delta gates in DTW are in the McNamara Terminal and connected inside security. It obviously doesn't leave much time to spare if your flight from Chicago is delayed.


  • T1-T5
    May 13, 2015
    Hi I will be arriving at T1 at 10.25am and have a flight from T5 at 1.05pm. These are two seperate tickets and I have 1 checked bag. I plan to check in online for my JetBlue flight so I will only have to drop my bag. I am quite familiar with JFK. Will a 2h40m layover be enough?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.


  • Layover Time From Aruba through CLT
    May 12, 2015
    Our layover in CLT coming from Aruba is 1 hr 20 minutes. Is this enough time to make our flight? It's at 10 p.m on a Wednesday night. If we check a bag do we have to claim it at customs, or will it be checked through to Norfolk? Would it be better to do carry-ons?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Aruba. All you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. your bags will be transferred for you


  • check in and go out side
    May 10, 2015
    check in and go out


  • Help!
    May 18, 2015
    I am arriving from LHR at 18:30 via BA and connecting to DFW via AA at 20:09. I have only 1hr 39 mins. Is that enough? Tickets was sold by AA but flights operated by BA.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Thanks for the response. However I arrive at BA flight arrives at Terminal D and the connecting flights departs from Terminal A as I understand - Is that still enough? Do I have to go through immigration, check in etc etc....?


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. You can then either take the inter-terminal train to Terminal A and go through security there or if you already have your AA boarding passes (you should), you can go through security in Terminal D and take the TerminaLink train to Terminal A. it's a bit of a difficult transfer, but possible.


  • 30 minute layover
    May 10, 2015
    flying into DTW from CLT on D2830 at 11:30a then departing to SEA on D281 at 12:00p. Is 30 minutes enough transfer time? Thank you.


    That is barely enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Enough layover time?
    May 7, 2015
    I will be flying from Columbus to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to Madrid with a 52 minute layover time in Atlanta. I am flying with Delta for the whole journey. Will this be enough time to make my connecting flight?


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


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