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  • 1 Hour 18 Mins layover
    Dec 16, 2014
    Hi, I am will be travelling to Doha from Detroit via Philadelphia by Qatar Airways, and I have 1 hr 18 mins to change the plane in Philadelphia from Terminal B to Terminal A. Do you think this is enough time as I read somewhere the close the gate 45 mins before the departure for international flights. and also what are the chances for baggage to be transferred from US airways to Qatar Airways within 1 hour. Thanks.


    They do not close the gate 45 minutes prior to departure. You should be fine as long as your first flight is on-time.


    thank you...and do you think the bags will get transferred from us airways to qatar airways withon that period of time. thanks again.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Is 40 minutes enough?
    Dec 15, 2014
    My daughters will be flying from Salt Lake City to Birmingham via Chicago. Their layover in Chicago is only 40 minutes. Will that be enough time to make their connecting flight?


    Yes, but they will have to hurry between gates.


  • Change plane in 35min
    Dec 9, 2014
    Hi, we are going to fly from YVR to OGG and we are europeans with working visa in canada. Is 35minutes for changing planes enough time?Thank you for your answer.


    Yes, but it doesn't leave much time for delays. Vancouver has US Immigration and Customs preclearance, so you will clear customs there and your arrival into SFO will be like a domestic flight.


  • Layover time from Toronto- Rome- Tel Aviv
    Dec 8, 2014
    I have a flight with Alitalia from Toronto to Rome (arriving to T3). Layover for 1.5 hour and flight from Rome to Tel Aviv (departure from T1). Both flights operates under Alitalia. Is it gives me sufficient time to switch terminals? Go through passport control and commute to T1? Do I need to pick up my luggage?


    Both flights will actually be in T3. You will not have to change terminals or go through passport control. You have enough time.


  • Meeting a friend
    Dec 7, 2014
    I have a friend from Calgary that is going to Vietnam. She has a layover in Vancouver on the way back (where I live) and I was wondering if I will be able to hang out with her in the airport during her layover as she waits for her flight to Calgary? So her flight will be international, Vietnam to Vancouver and then Domestic, Vancouver to Calgary


    Once your friend arrives at YVR, she will need to pass the International Arrivals procedure and stay in the secured area. You can only see her there by getting a pass issued. Also note that Domestic & International terminals are only connected on level 2 at their unsecured areas. Airport contact: 604-207-7077 or e-mail


  • Getting through security without boarding pass
    Dec 4, 2014
    Hello, I have a friend coming in town from Texas and she has a 2.5 hour layover. Is there a way for me to get a guest pass to get through security and grab dinner with her at one of the restaurants there? Thank you


    No, you cannot. She can exit security and you can have dinner in the Hilton.


  • Layover time 2h from FRA(Germany) - CLT - LAX
    Dec 4, 2014
    Hi, our flight has been changed yesterday. We will be in CLT at 14:30. Our flight to LAX is at 16:40. Is it enough time for imigration control and baggage? Thanks!


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • 40 min layover with checked bag
    Dec 2, 2014
    I have a united flight that gets into Houston at 5:05pm and a united flight that leaves at 5:45pm, if I check my bags do i have to get them and re-check them, or does the airline handle that?


    You do not have to do anything with your bags in Houston if the first flight is domestic. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Connecting time in Denver
    Dec 1, 2014
    I am flying from Tuscon (Arizona) to Delhi (India) in Jan. I have only 68 minutes connecting time in Denver airport to catch international flight (Lufthansa). Will this much time be enough?


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


  • 2 hrs layover enough?
    Dec 1, 2014
    I am travelling with only hand luggage from Delhi (DEL) to Chicago(ORD) through an Air India flight. I have a layover time of 2 hours for a connecting United Airlines flight to Austin (AUS). Will this time be sufficient to get done with customs and change terminals too?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You can save additional time by checking in for your United flight online before you leave India.


    Oh! I will check in online then. Thanks a lot!


  • Canada to Spain via Rome
    Nov 25, 2014
    Hello! I am about to book a round trip from Toronto to Barcelona via Rome from Alitalia's website. I have 2 hour layover for the one from Toronto to Barcelona and I have 1h20min for the flight from Madrid back to Toronto. Do I need to claim my luggage when I am in Rome. Will I have enough time to make it? Thanks!


  • Long Layover
    Nov 24, 2014
    Hello! I have a 19 hour (yes, not a typo) layover in JFK before heading across to Johannesburg. Can I leave the airport? How long before my flight should I come back? Do I have to pick up my checked baggage if the flight TO JFK is domestic but the flight AWAY is not? Thank you!!


    Yes, you can leave the airport. You should be back at the airport 2 hours before your flight. Yes, considering the length of your connection you will probably have to pick up your baggage at JFK after your first flight and bring it back later. The only possible exception might be if you are arriving in the early morning and departing in the late evening of the same day. Ask the agent in your origin city.


  • customs, baggage claim, layover time concern. Connecting from Toronto
    Nov 24, 2014
    Hi, I will be taking Expressjet Dba Delta Connection (Flight 5311) from Toronto Pearson to DTW where i will be connecting to Delta (Flight 159) to go to Korea. Will the layover time of 54min give me enough time to transfer? From which terminal to which do I have to go? Do I need to go through customs, immigration and baggage claim?


    You will preclear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. In Detroit, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both flights will be in the McNamara Terminal and all gates there are connected inside security. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Connection between us airways to united airlines with 1 hour layover
    Nov 23, 2014
    What's the best way to make the connection


    Both airlines use Concourse B (B gates) - US Airways uses gates 15-22; United the rest. Concourse B has gates B15-B37 and B38-B60 on either side of the center, followed by separate gates B80-B95 and B59-B79.


  • 11-25 48 minute layover
    Nov 23, 2014
    My young adult daughter is flying for the 1st time on her own and only has 48 minutes between connecting domestic flights. Her seat is in the middle of the plane. What are her quickest options to get off the plane and is there a way to find out ahead of time which gates she will need to go from and to?


    forgot to add that she is flying Delta


    Tell her to download the Delta app on her phone to store her flight details and provide her with gate information. If she doesn't have a smartphone that info is available at


    Thank you


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